The South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution Saturday calling for President Obama’s impeachment.
In justifying the move at the party’s state convention, the resolution cited “the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Obama’s statement that people could keep insurance companies, and recent EPA regulations on power plants,” according to the Argus Leader.
“Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.”
The resolution’s sponsor, Allen Unruh, called on delegates to “send a symbolic message that liberty shall be the law of the land.”
“I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president,” he told the Leader.
But not everyone agreed.
“I believe we should not use the power of impeachment for political purposes,” delegate David Wheeler said. “By doing this, we would look petty, like we can’t achieve our political goals through the political process.”
Delegate Larry Eliason said he opposed the impeachment resolution even though “the only thing [Obama’s] done the last six years that I approve of is when he adopted a pet.”
The resolution passed by a 191-176 vote.
U. S. Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican and South Dakota’s only House member, told convention-goers she doesn’t believe impeachment was the “best way” to handle Obama.
“The congresswoman currently believes the best way for Congress to hold the president accountable is to continue aggressive committee oversight and investigations into the administration’s actions like the ongoing VA scandal, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Benghazi, and the recent Taliban prisoner exchange,” Noem’s spokeswoman, Brittany Comins, told the Leader.
Even if the House voted to impeach Obama, two-thirds of the Senate would have to approve the measure.
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