According to the Huffington Post, Barletta told radio show host Gary Sutton that “We have a president that’s taken this to a new level. And it’s put us in a real position where he’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances.” he continued by saying:
You know, the problem is, you know, what do you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws? You know, could that pass in the House? It probably could. Is the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure.
Sutton responded by telling Barletta that, “I don’t think so, but the point is you’re left in kind of political purgatory.”
Barletta and Sutton had the exchange after discussing immigration, and the audio of it was originally posted on BuzzFeed.
The Republicans are quick to accuse the president of skipping over Congress by signing an executive order that granted deferred action for young immigrants. According to John Boehner, who couldn’t be trusted to properly operate a ballpoint pen, the administration cannot “be trusted to enforce our laws” on the issue of immigration, and the Republicans use this as the pretense to oppose all reform of the broken immigration system.
A spokesperson for the representative told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that Barlette wasn’t calling for the impeachment of Obama; rather, the “full answer” was, “Could that pass the House? Probably. Would the Senate ever convict? Certainly not. There’s not the will nationally to remove the president, so would it be wise to pursue that? Or would it be harmful to the country? Surely the latter.’ He is not advocating or proposing it.”
You can listen to Barletta and Sutton’s conversation in the audio below, courtesy of BuzzFeed.