President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on August 16, 2021. The question of Afghanistan is at the center of the latest impeachment case against the president. (Oliver Contreras / Pool / ABACAPRESS.COM / TNS)
WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) – Four House Republicans have filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, accusing him of failures in Afghanistan and at the border and abusing his power by extending the freeze on related evictions to the pandemic.
Texas Reps Brian Babin and Randy Weber joined the effort, led by Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs also signed.
Their resolution closely mirrors impeachment resolutions pushed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, the Republican from Georgia whose trafficking in QAnon and other conspiracy theories prompted the GOP caucus to avoid.
“Since January 20, 2021, Joe Biden has only plunged our nation into a state of backward and heightened vulnerability while thwarting the rule of law at every moment,” Babin said Thursday, announcing his support for impeachment. “He failed miserably in his duties as Commander-in-Chief and violated his oath to defend the US Constitution.”
Democrats control the House, but by a slim majority. Only a handful of Republicans have expressed support for Biden’s impeachment.
There is therefore no chance that the effort will result in a vote on the ground, let alone a trial in the Senate.
Like all but 10 House Republicans, those pushing for Biden’s impeachment voted against Donald Trump’s impeachment for inciting the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill.
This is the sixth resolution calling for Biden’s impeachment filed since taking office. All were referred to the Judicial Commission and have not been heard since.
At this point in Donald Trump’s presidency, only one impeachment resolution had been tabled, attracting the support of only two lawmakers, both Democrats: Representatives Al Green of Houston and Brad Sherman of California. This concerned Trump’s sacking of FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.
“While Texas Republicans waste time and taxpayer money playing political games, House Democrats are busy doing the hard work of governing,” Monica Robinson, spokeswoman for the government said Friday. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Stunts like this, from the party that inspired the murderous insurgency on our Capitol, are an unnecessary distraction from the real work Democrats are doing to support middle-class families and rebuild our country’s infrastructure.”
The impeachment resolution filed this week includes three articles alleging that Biden:
– failed in its duty to protect against invasion “by stopping the construction of a barrier along the US-Mexico border, leaving border patrol agents to fend for themselves in the effort to secure our borders”, and because he “knowingly released migrants who tested positive for COVID-19 from Border Patrol custody and in the United States.”
– overstepped its authority by extending a moratorium on evictions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 60 days.
– “abandoned thousands of Americans” in Afghanistan and even “aided and abetted the enemy by failing to secure or destroy military equipment donated by the United States as Taliban forces invaded Afghan territory, leaving billions of dollars of military equipment in the hands of enemy soldiers.
“I couldn’t just sit idly by while Biden made gross and willful violations of his oath,” Gibbs tweeted.
On September 10, Weber filed his own impeachment resolution claiming that Biden, “by perpetuating a false perception that the Afghan security forces were winning the war against the Taliban,” had manipulated public opinion prior to the withdrawal. American and “had demonstrated that he is a threat to national security.”
Two Republicans from Georgia and Maryland signed.
“While in the past I had been reluctant to invoke impeachment in the absence of a clear demonstration of” serious crimes and misdemeanors “, the standard established in the American Constitution, I considered that this act had exceeded that The Democratic majority in the previous Congress removed then-President Trump on much less substantive grounds, ”Weber said.
Green, the Georgia conspiracy theorist, filed the first impeachment resolution against Biden on Jan.21 – the day after his inauguration.
The resolution did not attract any co-sponsors. He accused Biden of “blatant nepotism” and corruption linked to his son Hunter Biden’s service on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company.
Green tried again on August 23, with three separate resolutions on the same topics in this week’s resolution tabled by the Texans and their allies.
A green resolution, which attracted five co-sponsors, says Biden “endangered the people of the United States by allowing illegal aliens who had tested positive for COVID-19 to enter the country and infect US citizens ”and“ willfully refused to maintain operational border control ”, and that
He also deals with Afghanistan, with allegations closely followed by those this week: “Carelessly withdrawing the US military from Afghanistan and leaving billions of dollars in military assets in the hands of terrorists to be used. against us.… President Biden authorized the Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, among others, to threaten America, American citizens and its security interests. “
A second August 23 resolution from Green focuses solely on these allegations about Afghanistan; which attracted seven co-sponsors.
The third green resolution of August 23 attracted two Republican co-sponsors. He focused on the Biden administration’s order extending the moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic until October 3.
The resolution incorrectly claimed that the United States Supreme Court had already ruled on June 29 that only Congress can extend the moratorium. In fact, it was not part of the decision, but only a concurring opinion from a judge, Brett Kavanaugh.
The new impeachment resolution is based on the same claim, namely that Biden “violated the separation of powers by extending the moratorium despite the clear warning from the US Supreme Court.”
Gibbs wrote to his GOP colleagues in early August in an attempt to mobilize support for the impeachment based on Biden’s “blatant breach” of border security and the extension of the moratorium on deportations. The American withdrawal from Afghanistan had not yet succeeded.
He differentiated efforts to remove Biden from Trump’s two impeachment trials, calling them baseless and “politically motivated.”
“As Tories and Republicans, I think we understand that impeachment is a serious constitutional mechanism, intended to be used only in the rarest and most serious circumstances,” Gibbs wrote to his colleagues. “Unfortunately, we have seen our fellow Democrats debase it and use it as a talking point for electoral purposes.”
Weber, explaining his vote against Trump’s impeachment in January, said it “would upset half of the electorate and recklessly embolden the other half.”
Babin called Trump’s impeachment “reckless and futile” when he voted against it. He accused Democrats of peddling a “categorical lie” that Trump instigated the Jan.6 attack, while claiming that Trump’s victory was stolen by “flagrant election irregularities.”
“Never have I seen our Constitution being so trampled for the sole purpose of maintaining political power,” he said.
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