More than a few distracted motorists must have wondered, “What the heck? Who in their right mind believes the president has committed acts that merit impeachment?”
In fact, the impetus for the harebrained stunt indirectly occurred only four days earlier in Washington, D.C. Serving it up was our own Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
On Dec. 2, after Congress returned to Washington from its Thanksgiving break, Goodlatte announced the Dec. 3 Judiciary Committee hearing on “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.”
Though the title implied a deliberative information-gathering exercise, Goodlatte intended anything but. He had already made up his mind on the issue. That was evident in his Dec. 2 announcement.
“President Obama has blatantly disregarded the Constitution’s mandate to faithfully execute the laws,” he said then. “He has changed key provisions in Obamacare without congressional approval, failed to enforce our immigration and drug laws, and ignored his Constitutional duties for the sake of politics.”
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