Impeachment? No. Lawsuit? Yes.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday mocked the suggestion that Republicans might pursue impeachment proceedings against President Obama. "I see this as a ridiculous game by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going their way," Ryan told reporters at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. "I'll just leave it at that."
He said Obama's misdeeds don't "rise to high-crime-and-misdemeanors" level.
Still, he said it was "responsible" for House Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit against Obama for overreaching when it comes to the Affordable Care Act and other measures.
"I'll vote for it because I stand with the speaker in thinking the president has exceeded his authority," he said.
At a similar breakfast last week, White House counselor Dan Pfeiffer said reporters shouldn't dismiss the idea that Republicans would follow through with impeachment proceedings, especially after the White House takes further steps on immigration that are sure to rile them. The White House has noted that several House Republicans, including representatives Steve King of Iowa, Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania and Steve Stockman of Texas, have mentioned the idea.