Bob Barr Is Ready to Impeach Another President

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Jan. 29 2014 10:53 AM

Bob Barr Is Ready to Impeach Another President

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Here we go again?

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An interview with Alex Jones never ends up working for a politician. Congressmen and candidates who want to win over the paranoid setusually for a good cause!call into Jones' show and are inevitably asked to run much further than they expected. That was what happened when Rep. Alan Grayson was spurred to call Sheila Bair a corporate "whore," and that seems to have happened here, when former congressman-turned-libertarian presidential candidate-turned congressional candidate Bob Barr called in, via Daniel Malloy:

JONES: I think what you’re hinting at is if we put you back into Congress, you are going to start investigating bringing charges of impeachment up in the House?
BARR: Alex, I was with some folks just recently and pulled out of a file in my office the House resolution, the House resolution that I introduced on November fifth of 1997 that was the very first official inquiry of impeachment filed against Bill Clinton and that was mine. And at the time I think I had 18 co-sponsors was all, in November of 1997. And what I did is I took that document, figuratively kind of dusted it off, added a little bit of language to it and darned if it doesn’t sound pretty good with Barack Obama’s name in there.
JONES: Oh man. So I think it’s safe to say when you get back in Congress, the evidence is already there, you’re going to start looking at the inquiry to begin looking for co-sponsors for indicting the president in the House, and I guess he will be tried in the Senate?
BARR: I think it really has come to that. It’s not something I like to say. When I left the House before after we impeached Clinton, you know, my hope was we wouldn’t have to go through that process again. But we do. Mr. President, you are not above the law. 
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There's a lot more, but the guts are in this clip:

The impeachment resolution Barr's talking about has been saved here; some of the co-sponsors, like Reps. Chris Smith and Jack Kingston, are still in Congress. Barr wanted an inquiry on the grounds that "considerable evidence has been developed from a broad array of credible sources that William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, has engaged in a systemic effort to obstruct, undermine, and compromise the legitimate and proper functions and processes of the executive branch."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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