Donald Trump Claims Republicans 'Never Even Thought of Impeaching' Barack Obama. History Tells a Different Story

President Donald Trump claimed that Republicans "never even thought of impeaching" Barack Obama, despite the record showing that many spoke of doing so over multiple issues.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump called on Republicans to get tougher and said that while he thinks Democrats are bad politicians with lousy policies he respects that they stick together. And, Trump said, Democrats are vicious.

"They're much more vicious. We would never do a thing like this," Trump told Hannity of the current House impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine affair in which the president is accused of soliciting the help of a foreign government in the 2020 election.

"[Republicans] could've impeached Obama for the IRS scandal, they could've impeached him for the guns or whatever, where guns went all over the place and people got killed with guns, Fast and Furious. They could've impeached him for many different things. They didn't impeach him. They never even thought of impeaching him."

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In fact, Republicans in Congress did raise the impeachment of Obama multiple times.

In 2010, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa called the alleged White House job offer to ex-Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak if he dropped out of a Senate primary "a crime, and could be impeachable" for Obama, Fox News reported.

Then in 2011, HuffPost reported that South Carolina Republican Rep. Tim Scott—now a U.S. Senator—said Obama raising the federal debt ceiling without congressional approval would be an "impeachable act" because the president would "usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers"

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The same year, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Republicans should consider impeaching Obama if his administration ignored the Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed states not to recognize same-sex marriage, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Back in 2013, the former GOP Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio retained experts and historians to help him understand the impeachment process and said it would be "a dream come true" to impeach Obama, The New York Times reported.

Also in 2013, ThinkProgress reported that former GOP Texas Rep. Steve Stockman said he would file articles of impeachment if Obama used executive orders to force through tougher rules to keep guns out of criminals' hands.

GOP Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold even spoke of impeachment in response to a voter's question about the discredited birther conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in America and so not eligible to be president, Politico reported.

Republican lawmakers during Obama's two terms also called for his impeachment over the Libya intervention, the Benghazi attack, and immigration policy.

But Obama's impeachment was never a serious prospect. There was little or no evidence of impeachable conduct, the Democrats controlled the Senate where the trial would take place, and it would have been a huge political risk. House Republican leadership shunned the idea.

Trump, however, is facing accusations by Democrats of impeachable conduct in relation to Ukraine, China, the next election, profiting from the presidency, and obstruction of justice, among other things, and there is much public evidence to support their case.

Some Republicans in Congress are reportedly softening in their support for the president. Polling suggests a majority of voters are now in favor of removing Trump from office, altering the GOP's political calculations.

Trump, who denies any wrongdoing and calls the impeachment inquiry a witch hunt, wants Republicans to rally loyally behind him.

"We're talking about impeachment. To me, the word impeachment is a dirty, disgusting word. I didn't do a reason to be impeached," Trump told Hannity, adding that impeachment efforts are a response to his alleged popularity and that he is on course to win again in 2020.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Republicans never thought of impeaching former President Barack Obama. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
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