By Eva Fu
With Republicans bullish about their chances of controlling the House after November’s midterms, some GOP lawmakers are already eyeing to make inroads on one issue that they say is a priority: impeaching President Joe Biden.
At least eight impeachment articles against Biden have been introduced to Congress since the president took office, accusing him of “high crimes and misdemeanors” over what the lawmakers described as the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, the southern border crisis, the moratorium barring eviction of renters who struggled with payment for pandemic reasons, and the foreign business dealings of president’s son, Hunter Biden.
These resolutions, which are largely symbolic, have virtually no chance of getting through the House under a narrow Democrat majority. But expectations that the GOP will flip the House have led some lawmakers to see an opening to push the matter further.
“I have consistently said President Biden should be impeached for intentionally opening our border and making Americans less safe,” Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), who has endorsed three of the impeachment resolutions targeting Biden, told The Epoch Times. “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.”
Several other lawmakers have recently shared similar thinking. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a vocal Biden critic who led four impeachment resolutions, posted an image of Biden on Twitter following the president’s prime-time speech on Sept. 1, where he accused former President Donald Trump and his supporters of “extremism.”
“Joe Biden just declared all of us enemies of the state. Biden is a danger to us all,” she wrote, adding, that “Joe Biden MUST BE IMPEACHED!!”
Impeachment articles need only a majority vote to pass the House, but to oust a president would also require a two-thirds majority vote after a trial is held in the Senate, which has never happened before. House Democrats voted to impeach Biden’s predecessor Trump twice. On both occasions, he was acquitted by the Senate.
It’s unclear if top Republicans in the House are on board with the impeachment efforts, which some analysts said risk alienating the moderate and independent voter base with the 2024 election cycle drawing near. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in April said that he was against using impeachment for “political purposes.”
Polls indicate that the impeachment drive has a certain level of support among Republican voters. In an April Harvard CAPS/Harris poll across 1,966 registered voters, 67 percent of the respondents said that it would be an impeachable offense if the president played a part in his son’s overseas business ventures.
In January, a survey by the conservative polling firm Rasmussen Reports among 1,000 likely voters found that 50 percent of all voters—which includes 74 percent of Republican voters—would support impeaching Biden over the administration’s immigration policy and failure in Afghanistan.
“The most effective Republican controlled Congress would be one that took actions supported by their voters, and even better when it’s all voters,” Greene wrote on Twitter on Sept. 1, highlighting the poll.
Some lawmakers, such as Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), have made clear that they will not limit their focus to the president himself. High-ranking officials such as Attorney General Merrick Garland would also be targeted.
“The congressman expects the House—at the bare minimum—to pursue impeachment efforts against President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Attorney General Garland,” the Arizona lawmaker’s communication director, Matthew Tragesser, told The Epoch Times.
Biggs has signed on to two impeachment articles against Garland, the more recent one dated on Aug. 12, three days after the FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Another resolution he proposed took aim at Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, citing his actions regarding border security and immigration.
“Tens of millions of Americans expect individuals who have willfully violated their oaths of office and the rule of law to be held accountable,” said Tragesser. He added that the congressman will “leave no stone unturned” in efforts to hold them accountable.
Ohio GOP congressman Bob Gibbs filed a Biden impeachment resolution last September. While the lawmaker is retiring and will not be in office to advance the articles, his spokesman Dallas Gerber told The Epoch Times the lawmaker “has every confidence the new Republican majority will hold the Biden administration accountable for its unfathomable number of domestic policy failures, dangerous foreign policy blunders, and outright lies to the American people.”
Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), who led an impeachment call against Biden this April, said that holding the Biden administration accountable will be one of his top priorities alongside “fixing” the economy and energy supply, as well as securing the border with Mexico.
“I expect as the new Congress tackles these and other important issues, Administration officials will be held to account for the decisions made,” Posey told The Epoch Times.
Still, other Republicans have adopted a wait-and-see approach rather than immediately throwing their weight behind the impeachment effort.
That’s the case with Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), who has co-sponsored two Biden impeachment articles and several others against high-ranking administration officials.
“Rep. Norman has made no decisions yet on supporting impeachment articles next year with Republicans in the majority,” his spokesperson Austin Livingston told The Epoch Times. “He will wait to see what those efforts look like, specifically how they align with Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution,” he said, citing the constitutional code authorizing Congress to impeach the president and other federal officers.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Justice Department for comment.