The Oklahoma Legislature has filed a measure asking Congress to impeach President Barack Obama.
Because an individual state does not have the power to impeach a president, Oklahoma lawmakers are asking for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against Obama, the U.S. attorney general, the U.S. secretary of education and other administration officials involved in the decision to let transgender students use bathroom corresponding to the gender with which they identify, not necessarily the gender listed on their birth certificates. The measure says “while the Oklahoma Legislature is fully supportive of providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for and protecting the privacy of all students, the policies, proscriptions and conditions set forth in the letter clearly and unequivocally exceeds the authority of the federal government.”
Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 — written by Sen. Anthony Sykes and Rep. John R. Bennett, both of whom are Republican — says:
“The members of the United States House of Representatives elected from this state are hereby requested to file articles of impeachment against the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Education and any other federal official liable to impeachment who has exceeded his or her constitutional authority with respect to the letter referenced in this resolution, based upon the grounds that the Constitution of the United States does not grant the executive branch of the federal government any authority whatsoever over the public education system, nor over the use of restrooms or other facilities thereof.”
Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution says that at the federal level, “the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The resolution also “condemns the actions of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education … as contrary to the values of the citizens of Oklahoma and to the interests of public safety.”