by Ben Johnson
A sitting Congressman has endorsed the call to impeach President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Trent Franks,R-AZ,told Scott Keyes of ThinkProgress.org he would “absolutely”support impeachment if enough fellow Congressmen would support him. The left-wing blog posted an interview it filmed of the four-term Congressman at the Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit in Phoenix,in which Franks called for holding Obama and Holder accountable for violating the rule of law. Keyes asked if Franks would consider defunding the Department of Justice over its refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Franks called withholding funds from the department “probably the strongest leverage that we have.”
When Keyes asked if Franks personally supported the measure,he responded,“Absolutely. I would support that in a moment. This Department of Justice has proven itself to be so committed to the ideology of Barack Obama that perhaps he should change the name.”
The left-wing blogger then returned to DOMA and raised the subject of impeachment:
Keyes:I know Newt Gingrich has came out [sic.] and said if they don’t reverse course here,we ought to be talking about possibly impeaching either Attorney General Holder or even President Obama to try to get them to reverse course. Do you think that is something you would support?
Frank:If it could gain the collective support,absolutely. I called for Eric Holder to repudiate the policy to try terrorists within our civil courts,or resign. So it just seems like that they have an uncanny ability to get it wrong on almost all fronts.
Franks is the first sitting Congressman to raise the specter of impeachment while in office. However,while successfully campaigning to regain his old House seat last fall,Michigan Republican Tim Walberg said the GOP must be willing to confront Obama “up to and including impeachment.”
Franks joins former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich,American Family Radio Network talk show host Bryan Fischer,ACORN expert Matthew Vadum,and others who find the president’s selective defense or enforcement of marriage law to rise to the level of impeachment. Several other prominent figures,including former Congressman and presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo,have called for impeachment on other grounds.
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ThinkProgress intended this as a hit piece to demonstrate how radical the Republican Congress has become. This venue is significant….