Ted Cruz calls Obama "lawless" and hints at impeachment

The Texas senator weighs in on whether President Obama deserves impeachment for his "lawless" presidency

By Elias Isquith

Published November 18, 2013 8:10PM (EST)

  (Reuters/Joe Mitchell)
(Reuters/Joe Mitchell)

While Ted Cruz was more than willing to describe President Obama's tenure as "lawless," the Texas senator wouldn't go so far as to say whether he'd like to see the House begin impeachment proceedings against the president.

“One of the most troubling aspects of the Obama administration is — aside from their radical policies — the way they’ve implemented it has sadly been lawless,” Cruz said to the right-wing Newsmax.

When asked if he considered Obama's lawlessness impeachable, Cruz demurred, saying, "That’s a question for the House, ultimately. The House, under the Constitution, makes the decision whether to impeach, and then the Senate is charged with trying. So, that’s a question for the House to assess."

When pushed, Cruz still refused to give a straight answer. "Any impeachment would have to be tried in the United States Senate,” Cruz said. "And so, my responsibility would be to render judgment. I would not want to urge the House to do anything other than exercise its best judgement. And then I would endeavor to do the same."

Watch Cruz's comments below, via the Raw Story:

[h/t the Raw Story]

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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