White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said today he believes there's a 'possibility' that House Republicans will try to impeach the president.
The HuffPo reports that Pfeiffer told attendees of a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that recent events, including the House's lawsuit against Obama, suggests the idea is not as far-fetched as it may seem.
'I think a lot of people in this town laugh that off,' Pfeiffer said. 'I would not discount that possibility.'
I think that Speaker [John] Boehner, by going down this path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future,' he continued.
Citing Sarah Palin's calls for Congress to impeach the president and recent polls that show majority of Republicans agree with her, Pfeiffer concluded that the House may yet draw up articles of impeachment against the president.
'I think impeachment is a very serious thing that has been bandied about by the recent Republican vice presidential nominee and others in a very unserious way,' Pfeiffer said.
A handful of Republicans have talked about impeaching the president such as retiring Rep. Steve Stockman, who sent his colleagues in Congress a book on 'The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office' last fall. But no one in party leadership has even winked in the direction of impeachment.
Boehner has vehemently denied that the House's lawsuit is a gateway to impeachment. And a spokeman for Boehner characterized Pfeiffer's comments this morning as disingenuous.