(WASHINGTON) — A freshman congressman is already creating a stir on Capitol Hill by threatening President Obama with impeachment.
With the president ready to mull over recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden about curbing gun violence, Texas Republican Steve Stockman says that if Obama tries issuing any executive orders to bypass Congress, he will file articles of impeachment.
Stockman, who actually retired from the House 15 years ago but won election in November, accused the president of undermining “the very founding principles of this republic.”
According to Stockman, any attempt to take away Americans’ guns requires due consent and the action of Congress, so the president would be subverting the Constitution if he issues an executive order to restrict gun ownership.
The lawmaker went on to say, “The president’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office — they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger. If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”
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