On Sunday, South Carolina GOP Rep. Nancy Mace said something she had to get the way more attention
“I think the pressure is on the Republicans to get that through and have that vote,” Mac told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” suggesting there would be an effort to impeach President Joe Biden if the GOP takes control of the House. this fall “I think that’s what some people are considering.”
On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who will become speaker if Republicans win a majority, was asked about the possibility of impeachment proceedings, and he avoided it.
“We will maintain the rule of law. We’re not going to play politics with it,” he said, before adding cryptically, “But we’ll do anything … we’re driven by the rules and the facts.”
So “no” or…
The reality is that some within the Republican conference, especially those aligned with the House Freedom Caucus, have long been talking about the potential for investigating and impeaching Biden.
As CNN reported in January 2022 (!):
“If they win, Republican leaders will face a growing push from the right to initiate impeachment proceedings against Biden, which GOP leaders have so far refused to accept. State Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a controversial firefighter from Georgia, has introduced a number of bills to impeach Biden and to charge with felonies and felonies.”
Virginia Representative Bob Good, who, like Greene, is a member of the Freedom Caucus, said at the time: “Joe Biden has done more willful damage to the country with the border situation than any president in the history of the United States. That alone deserves impeachment, let alone anything else.”
Recent history is littered with attempts by parties outside the White House to impeach the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Liberal Democrats tried to impeach George W. Bush. Republicans threatened to impeach Barack Obama. Donald Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled House, twice. (The Senate acquitted him twice.)
Impeachment, therefore, is now widely understood as a purely political tool, a box used by extreme elements in each party to express their dislike and disapproval of the president.
Given his recent history, there’s no reason to think that Republicans taking over the House would avoid impeachment proceedings, although it remains unclear what exactly they would try to impeach Biden for.
That goes double when you factor in the likelihood that the Republican majority (if they have one) will be narrow, meaning that the Freedom Caucus – a strong bloc of about 40 members – will be heavily influenced by McCarthy and other leaders. he does.
point: McCarthy will be in a tight spot if she ends up as House speaker next year. The Freedom Caucus will be out for blood, and to get on the record to impeach Biden, and I’m not immediately clear that he’s going to be in a position to fight them.