House Speaker John Boehner may have sworn off impeachment of President Barack Obama. But that doesn't mean his House Republican troops have.
On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Steve King said that "Congress has to sit down and have a serious look at" impeachment. The Iowa Republican says it would be warranted if President Obama proceeds with plans to expand the deferral of deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants, reports The Washington Examiner.
If the president has decided that he's not going to enforce any immigration law ... I think Congress has to sit down and have a serious look at the rest of this Constitution and that includes that I-word that we don't want to say.
"Where would we draw the line otherwise?" he added. "If that's not enough to bring [impeachment] then I don't know what would be. We've never seen anything in this country like a president that says 'I'm going to make up all immigration law that I choose, and I'm going to drive this thing regardless of the resistance of Congress.'"
That approach stands in contrast with Speaker Boehner. The Ohio Republican has accused the White House and Democrats in Congress of ginning up impeachment talk to raise money ahead of the midterm elections, and for other partisan purposes.
Unafraid of Controversy
Impeachment chatter is the latest controversial comment in Rep. King's congressional career. The 2014 Almanac of American Politics writes of the one-time contractor, 65, a former state senator:
Republican Steve King, who first won his seat in 2002, practices a brand of incendiary, in-your-face conservatism that is shared by his tea party-friendly House colleagues Michele Bachmann of Minnesota - who has called King her best friend in Congress - and Paul Broun of Georgia. He is best known for his outrageous rhetoric.
In 2012 alone, King compared the process of awarding visas to immigrants to choosing a dog; speculated that President Barack Obama's family could have conspired to fake his U.S. citizenship with a 'telegram from Kenya'; and accused Hurricane Katrina victims of spending federal money on 'Gucci bags and massage parlors.'
King - or any other House member - could introduce an impeachment resolution against President Obama. Though the House Republican leadership would almost certainly bury it.