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Obama takes impeachment talk seriously

WASHINGTON — One of President Obama’s top advisers said Friday that the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.

Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday that the GOP has already ‘‘opened the door for impeachment’’ by contemplating suing the president over his use of executive authority.

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Pfeiffer said any further executive action Obama may sign this year on immigration will ‘‘up the likelihood’’ of Republicans pursuing that path.

Pfeiffer was dismissive about how good a case Republicans could make to come up with impeachable offenses. But he says it would be foolish to discount the possibility that Republicans would at least consider pursuing impeachment.

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House Republicans also are moving to sue Obama over his use of executive authority with the Affordable Care Act.

While some Tea Party members and Republicans in the House have expressed support for impeachment, House Speaker John Boehner has said he disagrees.

Polling shows there’s little public support for impeachment. A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday found two- thirds of Americans do not support impeaching Obama, with the results divided along partisan lines.

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Fifty-seven percent of Republicans, 35 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats support impeaching Obama, according to the telephone survey of 1,012 American adults conducted July 18 to 20.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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