-- Speaker John Boehner shot down talk of impeachment once again today -- raising his voice as he blamed Democrats for trying to push the idea for political gain.
“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Boehner said, answering a question from ABC News at a news conference. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”
Scam or not, Democrats say they are raising record amounts of money over the threat of impeaching President Obama. Republican leaders have repeatedly said they have no plans to call for articles of impeachment. But they are moving forward with a lawsuit against the president, accusing him of overreaching his executive authority, which has kept the talk of impeachment alive. The House is set to approve this rare lawsuit in a vote Wednesday.
On the Senate floor today, Majority Leader Harry Reid also seized on the impeachment idea.
“We shouldn't be off on the tracks of impeachment and suing the president,” Reid said. “We should be legislating.”
Democratic leaders have flooded supporters with fundraising appeals, including one that said: “House Republicans Refuse to Rule Out Impeachment.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it raised $2.1 million in online contributions last weekend alone.
But Boehner blasted Democrats for misleading Americans.
“This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill,” he said. “Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in their year’s elections.”