As several high-profile conservatives speak out in favor of initiating impeachment proceedings against Barack Obama, others are decidedly less supportive of such action.

While several Tea Party leaders, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, believe that Obama’s policy of de facto amnesty and a litany of other abuses qualify as impeachable offenses, Rep. Paul Ryan thinks such a pursuit would only play into the hands of this administration.


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“I see this sort of a ridiculous game by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way,” he said during a recent event in D.C. “And I’ll just leave it at that.”

His concern echoes recent comments by fellow GOP Rep. Steve Stockman who said, although he agrees that Obama deserves impeachment, the prospect would only embolden Democrats. Ryan, on the other hand, does not share Stockman’s view regarding the seriousness of Obama’s offenses.

Even a senior White House source recently confirmed that impeachment is a real potential outcome.

According to Ryan’s estimation, Obama’s actions while in the White House have failed to reach “the high crimes and misdemeanor level.”


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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy, whose recent book lays out the case for Obama’s impeachment, responded to Ryan’s claim in a National Review editorial Wednesday.

As defined by the nation’s founders, he asserted that the term ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ does not refer specifically to indictable offenses, but “could involve dereliction of duty, lies to Congress or the public about serious matters, the failure to honor an oath (such as the oath to execute the laws faithfully), and any conduct that intentionally undermines the governing framework that safeguards our liberties and security (the president, of course, takes an oath to preserve the Constitution).”

Ryan does, however, support House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue Obama for his unauthorized use of executive power, calling that a more “responsible” approach to handling the president’s abuses.

“He’s trying to stand up for congressional prerogatives,” he said, confirming that he plans to vote in favor of the suit. “We want to show we’re not taking this lying down.”

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