Stephanopoulos: Is Impeachment Talk Affecting Obama’s Decision on Syria?

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos acknowledged Sunday morning that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough would not reveal whether President Barack Obama would strike Syria even without congressional approval, so he tried a different route and asked whether the chatter about impeachment was affecting Obama’s reasoning on the matter.

“Some have even raised the specter of impeachment if the president goes forward in the absence of congressional approval,” Stephanopoulos said, quoting California congressman Duncan Hunter on the issue. “How will the president factor in the prospect of impeachment into his final decision?”

“You know Washington better than anybody, George,” McDonough replied. “There will be all sorts of distractions, and other things that knokc us off our game.”

“What the president is focused on right now is the national security implications of what is undeniably and unrebutted intelligence which suggests that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people, killing 400 children,” McDonough said. “We believe that we have the capaibility in place to do it. Congress should be our full partner in that effort. That’s exactly what we’re focused on.”

Watch the full clip below, via ABC News:

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