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GOP Congressman: Impeachment Would Probably Cost Republicans The Senate

Rep. Kenny Marchant says despite the "very slim chance" the House would vote to impeach Obama, "that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done."

Posted on August 26, 2014, at 4:52 p.m. ET

A Republican congressman said there's a "slim" chance that President Obama will be impeached, and if the House began impeachment proceedings, they would would probably fail and cost the Republican Party a chance at winning the Senate.

Speaking at a town hall in Coppell, Texas, last week Rep. Kenny Marchant said despite the "very slim chance" the House would vote to impeach Obama, "that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done."

Marchant cited National Review writer Andrew McCarthy's "excellent" book Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment as evidence "all the legalities for impeachment proceeding to begin against the president."

The congressman added "the will of the American people is not there" and said if Republicans went against that and attempted to impeach Obama there would be "a violent reaction" that would keep Republicans from winning the Senate. He said Republicans should wait until after the November elections to "proceed on that question."

Marchant also cited Democrats raising money off impeachment talk as a reason to leave any consideration of impeachment until after the November elections.

Here's the video of Marchant's remarks:

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