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Joni Ernst: Obama’s Actions More Impeachable Than What Trump Did



Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) argued Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that former President Barack Obama’s open mic moment in 2012, when Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “after my election I have more flexibility,” was more impeachable than President Donald Trump’s actions in Ukraine.

Ernst said, “Whether you like what the president has done or not — we can argue this up one side and down the other all day — does it come to the point of removing a president from office? I don’t believe this does. I’ll tie it back to Obama and his hot mic moment with the former president of Russia, where he literally said give me some space in my election. Oops, OK, talking about elections.”

Host Jake Tapper said, “He was talking about a missile defense.”

Ernst said, “Yes but a missile defense that the Congress wanted him to build up make much more robust protect America citizens and President Obama choose not to do that as long as the Russians gave him space in the elections. That nobody brought up for impeachment. So the very fact that because aid was held for about two months because there was not an official White House meeting, people are wanting to impeach this president. What President Trump did it didn’t rise to the level of what President Obama did.”



  1. Richard

    February 3, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Was Obama’s open mic comment enough to impeach him? Certainly not!

    Was it better grounds for impeachment than Trump’s “perfect” phone call? Debatable.

    Were Obama’s numerous end-runs around the Congress, effectively ruling by fiat using executive orders, better grounds for impeachment? Definitely!

  2. CharlieSeattle

    February 3, 2020 at 12:41 am

    How soon we forget…

    By J.B. Williams January 16, 2016

    At the opening of the January Republican National Committee meeting in Charleston South Carolina Wednesday, the RNC Resolutions Committee was forced to vote on a RNC Resolution known as the Agema Resolution, supporting the proper Impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama for his many crimes of treason, tyranny and treachery against the United States and the people.

    The nine member Resolutions Committee chaired by Carolyn McLarty of Oklahoma, voted unanimously to kill the Agema Resolution in committee, preventing the full body of the RNC from ever having a vote or voice on the measure in the full meeting scheduled for Friday January 15.

    Not one member of the RNC Resolutions Committee supported the Agema Resolution to impeach what is admittedly the most impeachable administration in U.S. history. Not even known acts of treason andtyranny by the Obama Administration, not the Iran deal, or even Obama’s recent unilateral gun grab EO (Executive Order) just a week ago, was enough to cause the leadership of the Republican Party to support a resolution on impeachment.

    The nine members of the RNC Resolutions Committee who blocked the measure from the full body are as follows…
    Carolyn McLarty (Oklahoma) Chair
    Melody Potter (West Virginia)
    Paul Reynolds (Alabama)
    Tamara Scott (Iowa)
    Steve Scheffler (Iowa)
    Pat Longo (Connecticut)
    John Frey (Connecticut)
    Rosie Tripp (New Mexico
    Linda Acherman (California)

    Republicans were given the purse strings in 2010 and have not “defunded” anything since, not even Planned Parenthood. From 2009 through 2014, the Republican excuse for not impeaching Obama was “we don’t control the Senate” and “we will impeach if we get control of the Senate,” which the people gave them control of a year ago in the 2014 election cycle.

    Since 2014, the Republican excuse for not impeaching has been, “there is no public outcry for impeachment,” which is true, because Republicans had taken “impeachment off the table” under Boehner and McConnell, and clearly, it remains “off the table” under Paul Ryan, and certainly Priebus.

    In an effort to show congressional Republicans support for Republican voters and donors as well as the Rule of Constitutional Law, Dave Agema (RNC-MI) and three Co-Sponsors, Diana Orrock (RNC-NV), Curley Haughland (RNC-ND) and Marti Halverson (RNC-WY) introduced a Republican National Committee Resolution in support of Proper Impeachment at the January 2016 RNC meeting.

    northamericanlawcenter. org/resolution-in-support-of-impeachment/#.XWnTS_krJQJ

    But before the full body of the RNC would have a chance to vote on the measure, the Resolutions Committee Chaired by Carolyn McLarty (Oklahoma) would scuttle the Resolution on arrival, in a nine to nothing committee “NO” vote that would prevent the balance of the RNC from any opportunity to support the resolution.

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