Impeachment is a word that’s been whispered in the halls of the Capitol Building for years. But in the wake of President Obama’s illegal release of five high-risk terrorists from Gitmo, lawmakers are now saying it out loud.
One high-ranking GOP Senator has issued a warning to our Commander-in-Chief. If the President releases more Gitmo detainees without congressional approval, Republicans will seek to remove him from office.
But impeaching Mr. Obama is something that many constitution-minded Americans have been calling on Congress to pursue for months. My question to the GOP is, “Why wait?”
A top Republican on Capitol Hill dropped the “I” word (impeachment) on President Obama over the Gitmo prisoner scandal. TheHill•com reports that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a warning yesterday in response to this past weekend’s illegal release of five hardcore terrorists—men he calls the “Taliban Dream Team:” “It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash…. There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.”
We should be thrilled to read those words from Sen. Graham. But my question to him and other Republican lawmakers in Washington is, “Why not pursue Obama’s impeachment now?”
Republicans and Democrats alike shouldn’t wait for any additional lawlessness from this president. Releasing five deadly terrorist leaders, whom our Commander-in-Chief admits “absolutely” could resume terrorist activities, is simply the latest example in Mr. Obama’s long train of abuses against the American people.
Last Tuesday, we at Liberty Counsel Action re-delivered our petition to “Impeach Barack Obama, our lawless President” to key members of Congress, including Senator Graham’s office.
The President released five high-risk terrorists during a time of war. Not only did he fail to provide the 30-day notice to Congress as required by a law he signed in December, but by sending the “Gitmo 5” to live under what amounts to house arrest in Qatar, Mr. Obama also has given aid and comfort to our enemies.
Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the prisoner swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who had been held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since reportedly deserting his platoon in June 2009.
Reuters reports that, when discussed in 2010, “then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his predecessor, Robert Gates, along with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, initially raised strong objections to exchanging Bergdahl for the five Taliban detainees.” Vice President Joe Biden was said to be “neutral on the prisoner swap.”
Today, nearly four years later, Mr. Obama said he makes “absolutely no apologies” for exchanging five terrorist leaders for an accused deserter. In fact, during his press conference in Brussels earlier, the President made light of his latest scandal: “I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington.”
Taliban commander on whether the prisoner swap has inspired his forces to kidnap more Americans: “Definitely… It has encouraged our people.”
TIME magazine recently spoke with a senior Taliban commander in Kandahar who laughed when asked if the prisoner exchange will inspire his forces to kidnap more Americans: “Definitely… It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”
With U.S. forces not scheduled to leave the country until the end of 2016, the Taliban have two-plus years to capture more of our troops. Thanks to our Commander-in-Chief, our enemies in Afghanistan and around the world have even greater motivation to kidnap American service members.
What is treason? “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.” –18 U.S. Code 2381
I and Liberty Counsel Action strongly believe that President Obama is actively and intentionally betraying American interests. As a constitutional attorney, I can tell you with great certainty that these actions and many others during his presidency make him subject to a congressional inquiry to determine if he has committed treason.
“We, the People” must rise up and demand action by calling on Congress to stop this lawless and reckless president. Please take action demanding lawmakers issue Articles of Impeachment against Barack H. Obama.
House and Senate members must decide whether President Obama committed treason by releasing five hardcore terrorist leaders. Our Commander-in-Chief must be held accountable for putting countless American lives at risk by providing aid and comfort to our enemies: the Taliban and al-Qaida.
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