Rep. John Murtha suggested the possibility of impeachment to “influence” the President to “compromise” over funding for Iraq. Is it just me or does John Murtha sound like Vito Corleone? Does Murtha not know he is talking about impeaching the President of the United States because he is not compromising with the will of the far-left of Congress? That’s neither a high crime nor even a misdemeanor, which are the behaviors that are supposed to trigger impeachment. Murtha’s suggestion is outside the bounds of what Congress is supposed to do to influence the behavior of a sitting president, to say the least.
But then again, Jack “Abscam” Murtha has never been one to hold the law in high regard.
Earlier this month, Bryan wrote about Murtha receiving calls from his constituents telling him to impeach President Bush.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Are you seriously talking about contemplating an impeachment of this President?
MURTHA: What I’m saying is there are four ways to influence a President.
SCHIEFFER: — and that’s one of them?
MURTHA: [unintelligible] and the fourth one is —
SCHIEFFER: — that’s an option that’s on the table?
MURTHA: I’m just saying that’s one way to influence the President