A freshman congressman made some interesting assertions on “Fox News Sunday” in response to presidential impeachment talk.
Host Chris Wallace interviewed Representative Steve King (R-IA) and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), first asking King about the possibility of Republicans moving to impeach President Barack Obama if the president takes further unilateral action on immigration.
King gave a carefully worded response, saying the president was creating a “constitutional crisis” with his actions and begging the president to stop so Republicans wouldn’t have to consider impeachment.
When Wallace asked Jeffries for his take, the freshman said Republican threats were “completely different” from Democratic moves to impeach former President George W. Bush.
“Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) clearly said, ‘Impeachment is off the table,'” Jeffries asserted.
When Wallace noted that House Speaker John Boehner had made a similar statement, Jeffries questioned Boehner’s word, saying that Boehner had also promised not to shut down the federal government before last year’s shutdown was forced.
“So there’s no real credibility,” Jeffires said. “We’re not clear who actually is running the House of Representatives.”
If Boehner’s not in charge, then who is?
“Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, seems to have outsized influence,” Jeffries said.
King cut in at the end of the segment, saying, “Hakeem [Jeffries] wasn’t here [in Congress], but Chairman [John] Conyers (D-Mich.) held impeachment hearings against George Bush and Dick Cheney. Hakeem wasn’t here to see that.”
“Well that’s true because he’s a first-term congressman,” Wallace concurred.
Follow Zach Noble (@thezachnoble) on Twitter