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Rep. Scott floats Obama impeachment
Thu Jul 7, 2011 11:19AM
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The Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district, Tim Scott
A Republican Congressman has floated the idea of US President Barack Obama's impeachment should he abuses Congress' authority on the debt limit.

The Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district, Tim Scott, said that if Obama were to use the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress on the issue, it would be an impeachable offense, The Huffington Post reported.

"This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that [it] is an impeachable act from my perspective," Scott said at a meeting sponsored by the Tea Party group LowCountry 9.12 Project on Tuesday.

His remarks drew applause from those in attendance.

"There are a lot of things people say, 'Are you going to impeach the president over that?' -- No. But this? This is catastrophic," he added.

The Republican lawmaker also said, "This jeopardizes the credibility of our nation if one man can usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers over something this significant.”

Scott's comments come as some US officials have asserted that the debt limit would be unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that he thought the whole issue of impeachment was “silly.”

“I think it's interesting to talk about, but I don't think it's sustainable as a legitimate position,” he said.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) has called the 14th Amendment solution “crazy talk.”

The US officially hit its USD 14.3 trillion debt ceiling on May 16, up from USD 10.6 trillion when Obama took office in 2009.

The US government could potentially default on its debts on August 2, if the debt ceiling remains unchanged.

Obama has asked the Republicans and Democrats to come to a “tough” compromise over budget deficit, opposing a short-term deal to raise the nation's debt limit.

A White House meeting will be held on Thursday between the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-held House of Representatives to discuss the issue.

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