Last week Newt Gingrich said it wasn’t time to call for Obama’s impeachment, yet – that Congress must address the administration’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as the first step. And he said if the administration’s lawless bias (my interpretation) against defending marriage in the U.S. doesn’t change, Congress must “zero out” the whole Department of Justice, assuming impeaching Attorney General Eric Holder.
Washington Monthly writer Steve Benen quotes Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) saying he might be for impeachment if there is consensus and support for it. But Benen, says this:
In case anyone’s concerned about the substance here, let’s also emphasize that the Obama administration will still enforce the law. All the Justice Department said is that officials now consider DOMA unconstitutional and will no longer defend it in court. Previous administrations, from both parties, have done the same thing. It’s hardly outrageous, and to consider it an impeachable offense is stark raving mad.
Benen makes numerous accusations of previous administrations and Franks’ lack of respect for the Rule of Law, but offers no examples or proof. How does the DOJ and the administration “still enforce the law,” without “defending it in court?”
The Atlantic Online quotes Franks (see the video below) saying this DOJ has proven itself to be so committed to the Obama ideology, that perhaps they should change their name.
Franks also said he would “absolutely” support defunding the Department of Justice if the administration did not begin defending the 1998 law, when asked by ThinkProgress’s Scott Keyes.
Congressman Trent Franks of Impeachment and Defunding (video)