Read time: 2 minutes

Hagel Brings Up "Impeachment": " This Is Not A Monarchy"

Chuck Hagel tells ABC that impeachment is an option for a monarchy... [media id=757] [media id=758] (h/t Scarce) ABC supplies the transcript: STEP

chuckhagel-tw.jpg Chuck Hagel tells ABC that impeachment is an option for a monarchy...

icon Download icon Download (h/t Scarce)

ABC supplies the transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: It is clear to me that you are angry about this, and you also gave an interview to Esquire magazine this month, the April edition of Esquire magazine, where you were quoted as saying, "The president says, 'I don't care.' He's not accountable anymore. He's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him. And before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment."

HAGEL: Well, any president who says, I don't care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don't care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed -- if a president really believes that, then there are -- what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that. This is not a monarchy.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you think that would be appropriate in this case?

HAGEL: I'm sorry?

STEPHANOPOULOS: You think that would be appropriate in this case?

HAGEL: I didn't say that, I didn't call for it, I didn't predict it. What I was saying, I was laying out options here.

No president can dictate to this country, nor should he. This is a constitutional form of government. We have three equal branches of government. No president is bigger than the other two. There are three co-equal branches of government. Article I of the Constitution is not the presidency; it's the Congress.

So what I was pointing out, George, is that there are ways to deal with it. And I would hope the president understands that. I mean, his comments this weekend, yesterday in his radio address, were astounding to me. Saying to the Congress, in effect, you don't belong in this, I'm in charge of Iraq.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're talking about the U.S. attorney controversy.

HAGEL: No, I'm talking about what he was referring to specifically in his radio address, about what the House of Representatives did on Friday.


HAGEL: On Iraq, and essentially dismissing them.

Now, he can disagree, of course. I understand that. That's his responsibility. But to dismiss them -- the Congress, by saying, you don't have a role in this, you're irrelevant to this -- he's getting some bad advice, and I would suggest they all go back and re-read the Constitution.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team