JON ACOSTA, CNN: Dan Pfeiffer said earlier this morning that I would not discount impeachment as a possibility. Do you really believe that the president could be impeached? >
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Well, I think there are senior members of the Republican political party or certainly prominent voices in the Republican party who are calling for exactly that
ACOSTA: Who? Who is that? Sarah Palin is one of them.
EARNEST: She's mentioned it. Someone mentioned earlier --
ACOSTA: [inaudible] a prominent voice in the Republican party?
REPORTER #2: Anybody in the Republican leadership seriously talking about it?
EARNEST: Well, I think Sarah Palin considers herself to be a leader.
ACOSTA: Hang on John, this is my question. There have been a lot of fundraising announcements within the Democratic party with the word impeachment in it. This sounds like a fundraising ploy, a political ploy, not a real thing. You don't really think the president is going to be impeached, do you?
EARNEST: Well, Jim, I think that there are some Republicans, including some Republicans who are running for office, hoping that they can get into office so that they can impeach the president. That is apparently a view that they hold because that's one they have repeatedly expressed publicly.
I think what's really important --
ACOSTA: Is the White House Counsel Office looking at this? Are you studying the possibility of being impeached?
EARNEST: Here's the thing I think that is important about this. And again, we are coming up on a pivotal week. Next week will be the last week that Congress is in session before Labor Day. There are at least two items of business that members of Congress themselves have identified as important priorities....