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Maverick GOP congressman says impeachment possible over Syria

A maverick Republican congressman from North Carolina says any U.S. military action in Syria without congressional approval could be grounds to impeach President Obama.

Rep. Walter Jones, from the Ron Paul wing of the GOP, is no stranger to impeachment talk. During the Bush administration, he was one of only four Republicans who voted with Democrats in 2007 to impeach the then-president over the Iraq war.

obamasyriaAnd in March of last year, he filed a bill that would have authorized Obama’s impeachment if he used military force without the OK of Congress.

Jones, a one-time Democrat who turned Republican before running for Congress in 1994, said Thursday that any U.S. casualties resulting from action in Syria would start impeachment proceedings.

“If one of our troops goes to Syria and is killed, I will introduce articles of impeachment against the president,” he told The Hill.

He acknowledged the attempt would be unlikely to get very far, but said he’s afraid an Obama decision to supply arms to Syrian rebels will eventually lead to American forces on the ground there. And he doesn’t think Obama will consult with Congress before that happens. Under the Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war.

“I’m very doubtful. I really am,” Jones said.

And Jones told The Hill that stability in the Middle East shouldn’t be the country’s top concern.

“We need to stabilize America first,” he said. “We’ve got problems here in this country … We’re financially broke. We cannot pay our bills.”

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