Columnist Charles Krauthammer Thursday said if President Obama issues an executive order allowing amnesty for millions without the concurrence of Congress, he will have committed an impeachable offense.
This is significant because Krauthammer is viewed with respect on both sides of the aisle and seen as a commentator who makes considered judgments.
His statement will get some Republicans who have not seriously considered impeachment thinking about it. And it will help provide other Republicans who have thought about it with the intellectual cover they need to begin pushing for impeachment proceedings.
Krauthammer spoke on Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s show. In his remarks, his comment about “prosecutorial discretion” refers to the mechanism by which Obama will achieve the amnesty – simply not prosecuting those who are here illegally.
I would note also that Krauthammer is a little careful here. He doesn’t exactly say Obama should be impeached. But he does say it would be “an impeachable offense.”
From his remarks:
I believe it is an impeachable offense. This idea of prosecutorial discretion is really a travesty. It is intended for extreme cases. for a case where you want to show mercy for individual or two where it’s unusual incident unusual circumstances and you say, okay, we’re going to give this person a pass. it was never intended to abolish a whole class of people subject to a law and to essentially abolish whole sections of a law.
That’s the way the system is in Venezuela. If the the caudillo isn’t able to get stuff done through congress, he issues a decree and that’s it, and he’ll arrest anybody who gets in the way,” Krauthammer said. The whole American system is designed that it has to be a collaboration between the Congress and the president. Congress has to pass it, he has to sign it. That’s the way the damn thing works.