Posted: 9:49 am Friday, July 18th, 2014

Jack Kingston noncommittal on impeachment of Obama 

By Greg Bluestein

Dear readers, the following post is from our AJC colleague Nick Fouriezos:

After national pundits wondered whether U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston would support attempts to impeach President Barack Obama, the Savannah Republican gave us an answer that can only be described as “maybe.”

Kingston is in a GOP Senate runoff with businessman David Perdue, who has already said he doesn’t support impeachment and believes retaking the Senate should be the priority. The vote is Tuesday, which explains why Kingston was at Tommy’s Barber Shop early Friday getting in a final flurry of handshakes.

“I think, number one, the big concern of Congress is to stop the lawlessness of this administration,” Kingston told the AJC. “The president picks and chooses which laws he wants to enforce based on his philosophy, which as you know, the executive branch doesn’t get to do.”

We then asked specifically whether that should include an attempted removal of a sitting president, beginning with articles of impeachment issued by the U.S. House, making specific allegations of constitutional-level examples of misconduct.

“I think our big concern is to stop the lawlessness of this administration,” Kingston said. “The president picks and chooses laws which he wants to enforce, whether it’s on Obamacare or immigration, that’s what our concern is.”

Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford chimed in, adding, “And the fastest way to do that is taking back the Senate, which is what Jack is trying to do now.”

So taking back the Senate is where he would start, and not necessarily with an impeachment bid?

“Yes, that’s correct,” Kingston said. “What we’re trying to do is stop his picking and choosing on laws.”

When asked specifically several times on whether he would push for the president’s impeachment, Kingston didn’t offer a “yes” or “no” answer.

Kingston’s and Perdue’s stances on the topic are virtually identical – the focus is on winning back a Senate majority. But as a current member of Congress, only Kingston would have a vote to cast if the deed is attempted this year. And while Kingston is cautious about casting a clear opinion on a potential impeachment vote, Perdue’s campaign has already told the Washington Post that the former Fortune 500 executive opposes such a move.

“The best way to rein in the overreaching Obama administration is for Republicans to take back the Senate,” Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey said to the Post.

In a radio interview two weeks ago with the Aaron McCready Show, which has a niche conservative audience, Kingston said he thought Congress “could go in that direction.”

Kingston risks alienating his base if he comes out strongly against impeachment before the runoff, considering significant conservative distaste for Obama’s policies. But leaving the door open to what many consider is a radical move might turn off independents.

Our take: We wouldn’t be surprised if his nuance on the matter shifts after Tuesday.

83 comments
KevinGroenhagen
KevinGroenhagen

Obama can, and should, be impeached. However, the corrupt Democrats in the Senate would block conviction. Therefore, I believe the people themselves should take the initiative and remove Obama from office by following the process outlined in chapter 19 of John Locke’s “Second Treatise of Government.” I outline the reasons why Obama should be removed from office and Locke’s prescription for putting the old form of government, i.e., our constitutional republic, into new hands in a short book, which can be downloaded at www.chapter19.us/whatthen.pdf

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

Well, Jack could hold up his finger and see which way the wind is blowing...

BigHat
BigHat

A noun, a verb and "lawlessness".  

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Each passing day Georgians face increasingly depressing options about just who Jack Kingston really is.

He's either a guy who will adopt any platform to get elected, regardless of how harmful or ill thought; OR

He's a guy who believes all this stuff.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Just saying, I want a Senator who is savvy enough not to fall into the trap of speculative "trap" questions in the media. Galloway's article and the impeachment heading are a red herring.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Predictably, it's Democrats like Jim and his team talking up impeachment. They pray for something that will take attention of the debacle at the border, the sour economy and mayhem going on around the world on Obama's watch.

honested
honested

kingston is 'noncommittal'.

Luckily, our next Senator would not wast Taxpayer money on such a ridiculous exercise.

I doubt she would waste time on any meaningless repeal votes on the PPACA either.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Hey repubs, if Obama got made a fool out of by a terrorist like Dubya did and 3000 Americans were killed, would he be impeached?

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

Still waiting on someone to spell out with specifics, which crimes Obama has committed that would warrant impeachment?

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

Wonder why Kingston isn't campaigning on the Republicans' beloved Ryan budget? -

that PRIVATIZES Medicare, forcing Seniors to PAY $6,000 MORE out of pocket -

and gives MORE tax cuts to billionaires.


lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Every ignorant conservative thinks theyre constitutional experts since we've had a black president. Where were they when Dubya the Disater was in office? lol

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

A year ago, Republicans pushed for Pres. Obama to delay the employer mandate.

A few months later, Pres. Obama DELAYED the employer mandate.


NOW - Republicans are SUING Pres. Obama for......DELAYING the employer mandate -

and calling it "lawlessness."

lol


lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

If OBAMA LET A TERRORIST KILL 3000 Americans, SHOULD HE BE IMPEACHED?

DannyX
DannyX

Keep up the impeachment talk!  You want to motivate Democrats to go to the polls this November?  Keep it up.

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

Republicans are duping Righties to believe if they controlled the Senate - Obama would be impeached.

But Senate Republicans wouldn't have enough votes to impeach --- and Republican senators KNOW that impeaching Obama would result in BIG GOP losses in 2016.


honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Your description works if we forget the last guy, you know the one who BROKE THE WORLD!!

DS
DS

@Lookbeforeleap

Boehner is trying to placate wingnuts in his caucus by suing the President instead of impeaching, which would go nowhere and blow up in their faces.

Guess what they want to sue the President for: Delaying enforcement of the Obamacare employer mandates.

That's right. If Boehner sues and wins, the President will be forced to accelerate implementation of Obamacare.

Many years from now, historians will look back at this period in amazement (and laughter).

notevensurprised
notevensurprised

@LookbeforeIleap

1) using the IRS to attack and silence dissent-this too was one of the articles of impeachment against president nixon that forced him to resign

2) Benghazi

3) unlawful/illegal use of executive orders

4) failure to enforce laws that are on the books-such as DOMA, changing obamacare laws without going thru congress


these are just a few...in our country its called CO-EQUAL branches of government, not THE PRESIDENT HAS ALL OF THE POWER, the executive branch of government has JUST AS MUCH POWER as the other 2 branches...so he cannot issue and executive order to bypass congress

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

@lithoniaguy  - "I don't know where bin Laden is. It's NOT important. It's NOT our priority."


---Bush to reporters, March 2002


CMPINATL
CMPINATL

@lithoniaguy Yes if President Obama allowed terrorist to kill 3000 Americans yes he should be impeached.

MartyMartin
MartyMartin

@DannyX  - Everytime Righties mention impeachment - 100 more voters support Nunn.


notevensurprised
notevensurprised

@MartyMartin

The senate does not impeach, article 2 of the constitution gives the House of Representatives the authority to impeach the president if the crimes rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.  The Senate only holds a trial (based on the articles of impeachment sent over from the house) only to determine if he should be removed from office….see bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson….i guess you must have been asleep in history class or decided not to go to school at all when they were teaching American government/civics

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@MartyMartin  OK, I'm a "Righty" and I'm in NO way duped, nor do I believe this is what the Republicans are doing. You err in projecting your assumed level of intelligence on "Righties".

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@Retired-Soldier @MartyMartin  no it wasn't. and please don't pretend to be a constitutional expert just because u listen to hate talk radio. Where were all u constitutional "experts" when Dubya led this country into 2 wars over his lie? oh hes white.  I know I know youre not racist...lol