Could Joe Biden Get Impeached? Impeachment is a very political process as the two impeachments against former President Donald Trump proved. However, Republicans lack the same degree of political unity and bloodlust toward President Joe Biden that the Democrats have shown regarding Trump. Democrats started theorizing about how to impeach Trump in April 2016 even before he was the Republican nominee for president.
Republicans have been shy about impeachment since their politically disastrous impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 cost them in the midterms that year. Impeachment requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate to convict. A majority of senators voted to convict Trump during the second impeachment trial; however, they fell 10 short of the 67 votes needed to remove or in that case block the former president from holding office again.
“I don’t think you want to get into where it’s a tit for tat, every two years or four years you’re dealing with impeachment proceedings in the House and Senate,” Senate Republican Whip John Thune told The Hill in January about the idea that Republicans should impeach the president over his mishandling of classified documents. “There has to be a really good reason, obviously, the constitutional reasons and grounds for that. So we’ll see where it goes.”
Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun similarly put cold water on the idea of impeachment.
“I think the country will fatigue of that,” he told The Hill, noting that impeachment proceedings against former Presidents Clinton and Trump “have not ended up with any real result.”
Braun continued: “If you start doing it on everything, I think it would be bad politically and for the mechanics of government working.”
Why Try to Impeach Joe Biden?
Several causes exist that could potentially be used to impeach President Biden were Republicans to decide to go there:
1) Biden could be impeached over his involvement in Hunter Biden’s business dealings due to an appearance of a conflict of interest.
The law as written does not extend to the president; however, the Democratic Congress that impeached former President Trump over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky established a loose precedent. This could be used against Biden if Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the Republican leadership chose.
Federal conflict of interest rules prohibit personal business relationships between those in government and family members including children. Considering that President Biden was vice president at the time of Hunter’s business dealings with Burisma in Ukraine, and face-value evidence shows that the president may have personally benefited from such dealings, it could be used to impeach the president.
While Hunter might have made a plea deal for some of his crimes, he is clearly not out of the woods yet with the GOP still investigating him and the president.
2) Biden could be impeached over his handling of the pullout from Afghanistan that left billions of dollars worth of American military and security equipment in the hands of the Taliban, tens of thousands of Afghans and Americans were left behind after the pullout in August 2021.
3) Sen. Ted Cruz argued earlier this year that Biden could be impeached for dereliction of duty due to his administration’s refusal to stop the flow of undocumented migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Probably the most compelling is the utter lawlessness of President Biden’s refusal to enforce the border. His decision to just defy federal immigration laws and allow 2 million people to come here unimpeded in direct contravention of his obligation under Article 2 of the Constitution to take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” Cruz said. “That is probably the strongest grounds right now for impeachment, but there may be others.” Since Biden became president, at least 3 million have illegally entered the U.S.
John Rossomando has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, Daily Wire, The Epoch Times, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, Crisis Magazine, The National Interest, and National Review. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.