Many conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives are already drafting plans to formally impeach Joe Biden next year, after the party presumably regains a majority in the lower chamber this November.
According to The Hill, while previous resolutions to impeach Biden quickly died in the House due to Democrats currently holding the majority, such efforts may be far more successful in a Republican-led House next year.
“I have consistently said President Biden should be impeached for intentionally opening our border and making Americans less safe,” said Congressman Bob Good (R-Va.). “Congress has a duty to hold the President accountable for this and any other failures of his Constitutional responsibilities, so a new Republican majority must be prepared to aggressively conduct oversight on day one.”
Eight resolutions to impeach Biden have already been introduced with Republicans in the minority, ranging from such matters as the controversial overseas business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden, to his mishandling of the immigration crisis and the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Four of these resolutions were sponsored by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who also introduced the very first impeachment resolution shortly after Biden took office.
Although impeaching Biden has become increasingly popular with conservative members and the vast majority of the Republican base, moderate GOP leadership appears less reluctant to do so. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who would most likely become Speaker in January with a new GOP majority, did not respond to a request for comment by The Hill on Monday. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the Chair of the House Republican Conference, did not explicitly state her support for impeachment, while still describing Biden as “unfit to serve as president.”
The increasing calls for impeachment reflect a similar internal debate faced by Democrats when President Donald Trump was in office. Initially, only a few radical, far-left members of Congress, such as Congressman Al Green (D-Texas), supported impeaching President Trump from the first day, without providing any specific reason for doing so; the most common excuse largely deferred to the now-debunked conspiracy theory claiming that President Trump and his campaign had somehow colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
The House, under a newly-won Democratic majority after the 2018 elections, decided to impeach Trump in late 2019 after the President attempted to further investigate the Biden family’s corruption with regards to Ukraine; in particular, President Trump wanted to bring attention to then-Vice President Joe Biden’s deliberate efforts to convince the government of Ukraine to fire its Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin, due to his investigation of the energy company Burisma Holdings, which was employing Hunter Biden at the time. Although the elder Biden publicly admitted to this deliberate influence campaign at a later event, Democrats falsely accused Trump of attempting to interfere with the 2020 election. The impeachment failed and only increased domestic support for President Trump.
Some have suggested, in order to avoid a reversal of fortunes that may see Biden become more popular due to a politically-motivated impeachment, instead impeaching one of his high-ranking Cabinet members. Chief among these targets are Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Mayorkas and Garland have purposefully made our country less safe, politicized their departments, and violated the rule of law. In some instances, they have instructed their subordinates to disobey our laws. That is unacceptable,” said Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). “Next January I expect the House to pursue my impeachment articles against Mayorkas as well as Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s impeachment articles that I co-sponsored against Attorney General Merrick Garland.”