GOP Chairman Priebus suggests impeachment is coming over Benghazi

Republican party chairman Reince Priebus said on television this morning that impeachment is coming over Benghazi.

Here’s the National Journal’s (and former AP reporter) Ron Fournier on Priebus bizarre comments:

Priebus was scheduled to appear Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” shortly after my appearance on the show so I pointed out the tweet to panelist John Heilemann of New York magazine. He pressed Priebus to clarify. The chairman doubled down.

“You have to allow the evidence to come into play,” Priebus said. “You have to connect the dots. I said a week ago, look, you don’t call for impeachment until you have the evidence.”

Interesting frame: Impeachment is coming, folks, but first some evidence! (emphasis in the original)

RNC chair Reince Priebus: Some say dark elf, I say Romulan.

RNC chair Reince Priebus:
Some say dark elf, I say Romulan.

Coming from the head of the Republican National Committee, the chairman of the entire Republican party, that’s no small revelation.

This isn’t the first time Priebus has suggested that the GOP might impeach the President over Benghazi.  The other day Priebus said that it was too soon, but that he wouldn’t rule out, impeaching Obama over the faux-conspiracy.

The Republican National Committee chairman and a leading conservative, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, urged caution Monday for Republican critics calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment, but would not rule out impeachment altogether as new details emerged about the White House’s role in the developing scandal at the Internal Revenue Service.

“There’s a few chapters before we get to the last one. So it’s up to us to connect the dots first,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus told reporters when asked about impeachment ahead of a New Hampshire GOP fundraiser.

The notion that President Obama should be impeached has already been put out there by lesser Republicans as well. Here are a few:

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says she’s constantly being asked (by trees, presumably) when they’re going to impeach Obama:

Michele's fabulous husband Marcus, being pilloried by Jon Stewart.

Michele’s fabulous husband Marcus, being semi-outed by Jon Stewart.

“I will tell you, as I have been home in my district, in the sixth district of Minnesota, there isn’t a weekend that hasn’t gone by that someone says to me, ‘Michelle, what in the world are you all waiting for in Congress? Why aren’t you impeaching the president? He’s been making unconstitutional actions since he came into office.”

No word on what constituents are asking Bachmann about her fabulous husband Marcus.  But we know what Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld are asking her:

Crazy Jim Inhofe, the GOP Senator from Oklahoma who opposes disaster aid, unless it’s for tornadoes in Oklahoma, suggested that the GOP just might try to impeach the President over the Benghazi conspiracy theory:

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.)has labeled the Benghazi case “the most serious and most egregious coverup in American history.”

“We may be starting to use the I-word before too long,” Inhofe told conservative talk radio host Rusty Humphries, referring to the possibility of impeachment.

Yes, the biggest coverup in American history. Other than Roswell, of course.  And the Oklahoma tornado, which we now know was caused by the government and hologram-sporting Jews.  And Sandy Hook, which was also the government.

And outspokenly anti-gay Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, who does a swell Lindsey Graham impression, says he is not willing to take impeachment “off the table”:

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz.

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz.

“Look, it’s not something I’m seeking,” Chaffetz said. “It’s not the endgame. It’s not what we’re playing for. I was simply asked: ‘is that within the realm of possibilities?’ And I would say ‘yes.’ I’m not willing to take that off the table.”

What are you willing to take off, Jason? (Call me.)

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