GOP dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s in possible Joe Biden Impeachment – “I didn’t say I was doing an impeachment inquiry,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters recently amidst talk that the coming of fall in a few months would also see the filing of a formal impeachment against President Joe Biden.
Multiple impeachment resolutions have been filed against the president during his tenure, but allegations of corruption and conflict of interest – particularly involving presidential son Hunter Biden – are lending much more weight to the idea of removing Biden from the White House
Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, recently testified before the House Oversight Committee that the former sold the “illusion” of access to his father to potential business clients, and even went as far as to put the president on speakerphone during an number of calls. However, Archer clarified that to his knowledge, President Biden did not have any direct connection to his son’s business dealings.
Another thing Republicans are looking into is the testimony based on revelations by IRS special agent Joseph Ziegler and his supervisor, Gary Shapley regarding the investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, which Republicans say is proof that the presidential son is receiving preferential treatment at the behest of his father.
There are also the matter of the supposed existence of as many as 17 recordings of conversations between President Biden and Hunter Biden allegedly receiving bribes from an unnamed foreign national – but several Republicans are skeptical if these recordings are real.
Impeach Joe Biden: Slow, Steady, and Careful
Impeachment resolutions are one thing, but the GOP is ensuring it has all of its pieces in the right place before filing a formal impeachment against Joe Biden.
One reason why Republicans want – and need – to be sure of their evidence before filing a formal impeachment complaint is that election season is coming up, and many feel their seats may become vulnerable if they support a formal attempt at ousting the chief executive.
“I will tell you, every time we walk the plank we put moderate members – members that won Biden-won districts – we are putting those seats at risk for 2024. We are putting the majority at risk,” South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace said in a recent interview with Shannon Bream on “Fox News Sunday”. She cautioned colleagues in the GOP to stick to the facts and look at hard evidence, as opposed to just following a political agenda – a mistake, she says, the Democrats made when they pushed their own impeachments against then president Donald Trump.
“Whatever the evidence shows us, we ought to follow the facts, and we have to be better than Nancy Pelosi,” Mace said.
Another GOP stalwart, former House speaker and Georgia Representative Newt Gingrich, believes that an impeachment inquiry against Biden should be opened, but advised that McCarthy and his colleagues should go slow once the impeachment is in place. “We should open the inquiry, because it allows them to ask a broader range of questions. But we should move very, very, very slowly beyond that,” Gingrich stated.
Not His First Time
The current scandal Biden is facing isn’t the first time Republicans have brought up the issue of impeachment though. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene alone has submitted several impeachment resolutions against the president. The first she filed only a day into the latter’s presidency, alleging conspiracy with Ukraine, while other resolutions cite the extension of the COVID-19 eviction moratorium, problems related to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and the government’s alleged poor handling of illegal crossings by migrants along the border of the U.S. and Mexico, as reasons for impeachment.
Issues such as the U.S. troop pull out in Afghanistan and U.S.-Mexico border security issues are popular reasons for impeachment resolutions submitted by other GOP members in the House such as Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, Florida Rep. Bill Posey, and Texas Rep. Randy Weber. Counting the resolutions filed during the 117th Congress and up to the current 118th Congress, there have been 14 impeachment complaints filed against Biden. Incidentally, half of these were filed by Greene, who is also asking that the two impeachments against former president Donald Trump be expunged.
Tim Ramos has written for various publications, corporations, and organizations – covering everything from finance, politics, travel, entertainment, and sports – in Asia and the U.S. for more than 10 years.