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Republican Threatens to Impeach Obama in Anticipation of Gun Action

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A freshman congressman is already creating a stir on Capitol Hill by threatening President Obama with impeachment.

With the president ready to mull over recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden about curbing gun violence, Texas Republican Steve Stockman says that if Obama tries issuing any executive orders to bypass Congress, he will file articles of impeachment.

Stockman, who actually retired from the House 15 years ago but won election in November, accused the president of undermining "the very founding principles of this republic."

According to Stockman, any attempt to take away Americans' guns requires due consent and the action of Congress, so the president would be subverting the Constitution if he issues an executive order to restrict gun ownership.

The lawmaker went on to say, "The president’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office -- they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger.  If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist."

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Jon Huntsman Sidesteps Question Regarding Obama Impeachment

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, the 2012 GOP contender with arguably the most foreign policy experience, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration’s decision to intervene in Libya.

As he was preparing to unveil his presidential campaign in May, Huntsman, the former U.S. Ambassador to China, told ABC News in an exclusive interview that the U.S. not should have become involved in the conflict.

“I would have chosen from the beginning not to intervene in Libya,” he said. “I would say that is not core to our national security interest.”

Less than a month later he echoed those comments in an interview with Esquire magazine, saying “we just can’t afford” military involvement in the North African country ruled with an iron fist for decades by dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

And this week, when asked by a New Hampshire resident whether President Obama should be impeached over Libya, Huntsman refused to say, telling the voter that he’d “let Congress make that decision."

Representatives from Huntsman’s campaign declined to clarify the former ambassador's remarks when asked by ABC News.

The Obama Administration has argued, over the protestations of some members of Congress, that continuing U.S. involvement in Libya does not violate the War Powers Act because, as White House Counsel Bob Bauer put it in June, “we're not engaged in sustained fighting...We don't have troops on the ground. We don't risk casualties to those troops.” This flies in the face of the facts that American service members are flying bombing runs over the country, and performing a myriad of support tasks associated with the NATO mission there.

The clip of the exchange was uncovered by the trackers at the Democratic “super PAC,” American Bridge 21st Century, which is aiming to hold the Republican presidential candidates accountable throughout the election cycle.

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Senate Starts Rare Impeachment Trial

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- All the talk in Washington is about the new compromise to extend the Bush tax cuts, but the Senate Tuesday morning was focused on something altogether different: the impeachment trial of a federal judge, only the 12th one in Senate history.

Federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr., of Louisiana, was impeached by the House in March on corruption charges. The prosecution has argued that Porteous received cash, gifts, and additional favors from lawyers and other people that dealt with his court, while the defense has objected by arguing the conduct in question occurred before his 1994 appointment to the federal bench and he was never accused of a crime.

If two-thirds of the Senate this week votes to convict him on any of the four counts of impeachment, Porteous would become only the eighth federal judge in history to be impeached. If this occurs, Porteous would not only be removed from office immediately, but he would also lose his pension benefits. In order to qualify for a pension equal to his salary of $174,000, Porteous, who turns 64 next week, needs to serve until age 65.

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