I have been thinking a lot about Obama and the scandals surrounding his presidency. Should Obama be impeached or should he possibly resign? To answer the first question, another question must be answered. Has Obama committed treason, bribery, a high crime or a misdemeanor?
Article II Section 4 of the Constitution: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
He, of course, is innocent until proven guilty. Is there enough evidence that Congress should bring up charges of impeachment which means that he would leave office if convicted? If so, criminal charges would be left to the courts.
Article I Section 3 – Judgment in Cases of Impeachments shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust, or Profit under the United States, but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishment, according to Law.
Do his colleagues believe Obama deserves to be impeached? Dennis Kucinich, a member of the presidents own party says he should be impeached over Libya. The vice-president implied the same thing by saying that not getting Congressional approval for military action is an impeachable offense.
“President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn’t have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said,” Kucinich said in an interview with Raw Story.
Technically Kucinich and Biden are right. Other members of Congress have not agreed.
But the questions I am interested in exploring concern crimes and misdemeanors? I do not believe that Obama will resign as Nixon did. Nixon’s resignation spared the nation much anguish, it seems to me. Should Obama not do the same? Perhaps he should, but Obama doesn’t seem to have the type personality that is required for a person to willingly step down.
Some time ago the Obama administration was accused of a cover-up involving the dropping of the investigation of the Black Panther voter intimidation investigation during the 2008 election.
Last week, Judicial Watch released to the public brand new documents from the Obama DOJ that provide further evidence that top political appointees at the DOJ were intimately involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.
The left-wing media touched on this, but allowed it to die as they did any hint of scandal prior to the election.
Another scandal that media and those on the left would have used to bring down George Bush was Project Gunrunner. I believe that it is only because the media refuses to adequately report the scandal that Obama has weathered such storms. National Review Online states that:
President Obama is hiding behind big government in the hopes that a scandal will fade away…Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) is set to issue a number of subpoenas to federal officials who have ties to “Fast and Furious,” a secret program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that put thousands of semi-automatic firearms into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Fast and Furious was a new addition to the ATF’s now-defunct “Project Gunrunner” program. It authorized (“pressed” is probably a more accurate word) U.S. gun stores located near the Mexican border to sell thousands of semi-automatic firearms to suspected and known straw-purchasers (those who buy guns for someone who can’t do so legally). The idea, apparently, was that the guns would lead the ATF to the heads of the cartels.
Only when an agent was killed by a gun the Obama administration allowed to be placed in the hands of a drug cartel did the story break and even then it has been largely ignored by the main-stream media.
Now, just as Obama is getting ready to ask for more money from weary tax-payers, another scandal is coming to light and this time at least there is a congressional investigation.
The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.
There is also a cover-up:
General William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command, told them (Republicans) in a closed session the White House urged him to alter his testimony about the Pentagon’s concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company.
Are any of the above scandals crimes that are impeachable offenses? It seems to me they very well may be.
Peter Ferrara of The American Spectator predicted in July 2010 that Obama would discredit himself in office and have to resign. I am beginning to think that Ferrara may be right.
- Three Scandals Rock The Obama White House (ireporters.wordpress.com)
- Fast and Furious: Obama Administration linked to no less than 11 Violent Crimes (yourdaddy.net)