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Posted at 3:48 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2014
During a Twitter town hall event Monday, Rep. James E. Clyburn, the assistant minority leader, predicted that if Republicans retain the House, President Barack Obama will be impeached.
Responding to a question from Twitter user @LiberalPhenom asking when Democrats would stand up to Republicans and shut down the talk of Obama’s impeachment, Clyburn didn’t seem to think there was a real way to do that.
Of course, Republicans already hold the House, and if any member wanted a vote on impeachment proceedings, he or she could get it within two legislative days.
While there has been some chatter on the right about impeachment, it’s been Democrats who have been using the talk to their benefit, fundraising off the threat and dinging Republicans for the thus-far-theoretical effort.
When CQ Roll Call checked in with some of the most conservative members of the House, no one seemed ready to draft articles of impeachment — at least not yet.
.@LiberalPhenom No way to shut down the talk, nor should there be, it’s real and I predict if GOP maintain House, Obama will be impeached.
— James E. Clyburn (@Clyburn) August 11, 2014
While Clyburn’s prediction is dependent on Republicans maintaining the House, it will likely be tested. Hardly anyone believes the House will flip control. Instead, this seems like another effort from Democrats to play up the impeachment talk to make the case that, come November, voters should go with Democrats.