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In the resolution, Republicans referenced the trading of Taliban soldiers in exchange for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl and Obama’s promise that people could keep their health insurance if they liked it as a viοlation of President Obama’s oath.
“Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” read the resolution by the South Dakota GOP.
Allen Unruh, sponsor of the resolution, says he’s clear on what presidential actions reach the threshold of being an impeachable offense.
“I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president,” Unruh said.
He admitted that his resolution would have absolutely no impact on Pres. Obama, but thought the gesture was important.
Not all lawmakers agreed with Unruh, with one explaining that political differences should be handled through a political process, not a toothless resolution.
Delegate David Wheeler said the resolution makes Republican lawmakers look “weak” and “petty” since they are not trying to “achieve our political goals through the political process.”
Wheeler wasn’t alone in his criticism.
“The congresswoman currently believes the best way for Congress to hold the president accountable is to continue aggressive committee oversight and investigations into the administration’s actions like the ongoing VA scandal, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Benghazi, and the recent Taliban prisoner exchange,” said a spokesperson for Rep. Kristi Noem.