Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday that he is confident Republicans in Congress will attempt to impeach President Barack Obama simply to "put an asterisk next to this first African-American president in the history of this country."
Speaking on MSNBC, the high-ranking Democrat said the GOP will find "some reason" to "introduce an impeachment resolution" against Obama, according to Politico.
“These Republicans have decided that this president must have an asterisk by his name after he leaves office, irrespective of whether or not he gets convicted. It is their plan to introduce an impeachment resolution," Clyburn reportedly said.
Congressman James Clyburn encourages voter turn out at JH Adams Gymnasium on the Allen University campus in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The 'Commit to Vote' event was sponsored by the South Carolina Democratic Party. (Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
He continued, according to Politico, contending the GOP's goal "is to put an asterisk next to this first African-American president in the history of the country — to put an asterisk next to his name when the history books are written.”
Clyburn elaborated on his theory, saying he thinks the debate over immigration reform will act as a catalyst for congressional Republicans to move forward with possible impeachment proceedings.
“They know that this is an issue that the president feels very strongly about,” Clyburn said, according to Politico. “They believe that the president is so committed to this issue that he will, in fact, perform an executive order to get it done and that will be the peg in which they will hang an impeachment resolution."
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