Fresh off his state’s stinging immigration defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) suggested during a Tuesday morning radio interview that Americans should vote President Barack Obama out of office — but if they do not, “impeachment is always a possibility.”
Kyl was appearing on the radio with conservative talk host Bill Bennett, discussing the president’s decision to prioritize deportations of criminal immigrants over students who were brought to the country from abroad as minors.
“How do you make the feds cooperate?” Bennett asked.
“Well, that’s the executive’s job and there are only a couple of ways to do it… If the president insists on continuing to ignore parts of the law that he doesn’t like, and simply not enforce that law, the primary remedy for that is political.”
“And you have it two ways: One is oversight through the Congress to demonstrate what they’re doing wrong and there are some potential criminal charges there for dereliction of duty,” Kyl continued. “Although, I haven’t looked that up yet. And the other part of it is people need to react through the ballot box to turn out of office those people who are not doing their duty.”
And then, he concluded: “Now if it’s bad enough and if shenanigans involved in it, then of course impeachment is always a possibility. But I don’t think at this point anybody is talking about that.”
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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