- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rep. Steve King said Sunday that Republicans should take a “serious look” at impeaching President Obama if he moves ahead with an executive order to defer deportation for millions of illegal immigrants.

“I think Congress has to sit down and have a serious look at the rest of this Constitution, and that includes that ‘I’ word that we don’t want to say,” the Iowa Republican told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” The Hill reported.

“Where would we draw the line otherwise? If that’s not enough to bring that about, then I don’t know what would be,” Mr. King said. “I want to encourage the president [to] please [not] put America into a constitutional crisis. Please don’t do that.”

Rep. Hakeem S. Jeffries, a New York Democrat, said on the same program Sunday that the Republicans’ lawsuit came from a “hatred of the president” — a claim Mr. King rejected.

“Well, first of all, most of us personally like the president,” Mr. King said. “It’s not about [being] mad. It’s not about hate. It’s about the Constitution.”

Mr. King’s comments come after Speaker John A. Boehner said last week that the House had no plans to impeach Mr. Obama, calling it a “scam” conjured up by Democrats in order to rile up their base ahead of elections, The Hill reported.

The House did, however, vote to sue the president over claims that he overstepped his executive authority in delaying implementation of the Obamacare employer mandate, The Hill reported.