Monday, December 11, 2023

McCarthy: GOP Won’t Hold Biden Admin Accountable if He Is Speaker

'Congress has a duty to hold the President accountable for ... failures of his Constitutional responsibilities, so a new Republican majority must be prepared to aggressively conduct oversight...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said that he would do what he can to stop the House from impeaching President Joe Biden if Republicans regain the majority in the upcoming midterm elections, the Daily Mail reported.

McCarthy’s announcement reveals a rift in the GOP caucus, given that many have expressed interest in holding Biden and his Cabinet accountable for an array of high crimes and misdemeanors.

The current House minority leader claimed that Americans do not like to see “impeachment used for political purposes at all,” adding that “the country wants to heal.”

McCarthy further insisted that Americans only wish to have “system that actually works.”

Asked whether or not he thought there were appropriate grounds on which Biden could be impeached, McCarthy responded, “I don’t see it before me right now.”

He added that trying to concoct a reason that did not rise to meet the high bar of impeachment would put Republicans on the same petty level as their political rivals, who successfully campaigned on the promise of impeachment during the 2018 midterm.

“You watch what the Democrats did—they all came out and said they would impeach before Trump was ever sworn in,” he added. “There wasn’t a purpose for it.”

His opinion on the matter marks a decided departure from the general pro-impeachment line taken by Republicans in recent months.

Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., said that Biden should be impeached due to his failure to secure America’s border––a basic thing that any nation must have to be a nation.

“I have consistently said President Biden should be impeached for intentionally opening our border and making Americans less safe,” Good said.

By ignoring federal law by enacting an open-border policy violated his Oath of Office to “defend America against all enemies foreign and domestic,” as well as his primary constitutional duty to uphold and enforce the laws past by Congress.

“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,” Good said.

Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is also on the record saying that she would join in impeachment efforts because Biden poses an immediate threat to the security of anyone who supported former President Donald Trump.

“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!!”

Others have suggested that the Biden family’s business dealings with foreign actors and nations not only reveal a flagrant and egregious disregard for the rule of law, but also pose a national security threat.

However, many are reluctant to oust the current White House occupant since doing so would put an even more undesirable alternative—Vice President Kamala Harris—in charge.

McCarthy has been inconsistent in his messaging before.

During a previous standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. over the violation of longstanding congressional norms, he warned that some Democrats were likely to lose their committee seats, in part as retaliation for political attacks on Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

Yet, his recently released “Commitment to America,” ostensibly outlining the GOP’s legislative agenda in the next term, was poorly received for failing to acknowledge the serious issues that are currently plaguing the nation.

Although none have openly challenged the former speaker for his plan to reclaim the gavel, it is possible that the difference of opinions on the question of impeachment may lead others to consider a run for the top spot in the lower legislative chamber.

Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.

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