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Republican congressional candidate Bob Barr is soft-pedaling his pledge to impeach President Barack Obama, insisting in a new interview that he was only advocating routine congressional oversight of the executive branch.
“I have not called for the impeachment of the president,” Barr, who is running to succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey in Georgia’s eleventh district, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an as yet released profile. “What I have called for is that Congress should never be afraid to inquire into — and this ought to be a constant exercise that the Congress goes through as part of its oversight responsibility: is the president operating within the bounds of the law?
“Is the president carrying out, seeing that the laws be faithfully executed in the language of Article II of the Constitution? And you do that through an inquiry.”
That’s not what Barr, who managed the Clinton House impeachment hearings from infancy, said in January in a radio interview with conspiracist Alex Jones.
“I was with some folks just recently and pulled out a file in my office, the House resolution, the House resolution that I introduced on Nov. 5 of 1997. That was the very first official inquiry of impeachment filed against Bill Clinton,” Barr said. “And what I did is I took that, took that document, figuratively kind of dusted it off, added a little bit of language to it, and darn if it doesn’t sound pretty good with Barack Obama’s name in there.”
Routine oversight that ain’t. Authoring an inquiry of impeachment, as Barr has already done (twice), is no casual legislative matter to probe presidential peccadillos.
Pressed by AJC reporter Jeremy Redmon to reconcile the two statements, Barr cautioned not to “focus on just one out of a hundred interviews.”
But Barr has repeatedly spoken of intentions to pursue an impeachment of the president.
Asked a week later by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd “why even joke about impeachment as you did on that radio show,” Barr struck a defiant tone: he was as serious as a heart attack, he said.
“Chuck, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he shot back. “That wasn’t a joke. I was asked a question about impeachment, and I answered it very seriously.”
Audio of both interviews below the fold.
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