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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“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.