RNC Chair: Don't call for impeachment without evidence

Reince Priebus chided members of the Republican party who have called for Obama's impeachment

Published May 17, 2013 6:10PM (EDT)

RNC Chair Reince Priebus warned members of the Republican party to be cautious when calling for President Obama's impeachment over the Benghazi and IRS scandals, "until you have evidence."

“We have to be persistent but patient,” Priebus told Politico. “I think where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If we present ourselves to the American people as intelligent, we’re going to be in a great place as far as showing that this administration is not transparent, is obsessed with power and hates dissent. But you don’t call for impeachment until you have evidence.”

Republicans like Sen. Jim Inhofe, Okla., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, have argued that the President could be impeached over the State Department's handling of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya — not to mention the slew of Republicans who have invoked Watergate when discussing the IRS scandal.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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