The White House Is Fighting Back Hard On Biden Impeachment
The Biden White House is gearing up to defend the President, and they are already pushing back hard on impeachment.
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House Republicans Haven’t Convinced Themselves On Biden Impeachment
What makes the effort to impeach President Joe Biden different from other modern impeachments is how much doubt exists within the party attempting to carry out the impeachment.
House Republicans are not unified on impeachment, and no one should be fooled by their likely authorization of an impeachment investigation on Wednesday. Authorizing an inquiry is not the same thing as taking an impeachment vote.
The White House provided The Daily with a list of more than a dozen House Republicans who have expressed doubts about impeaching Biden:
Speaker Mike Johnson reportedly told his own colleagues “that there is insufficient evidence to initiate formal impeachment proceedings.”
Rep. Mike McCaul admitted: “We don’t have the evidence.”
Rep. Ken Buck said that impeachment evidence "doesn't"exist right now.” He has also said, “I haven’t seen evidence linking Hunter Biden’s activities to Joe Biden” and that "I'm not convinced that that evidence exists.” He also wrote a Washington Post op-ed to say: “Republicans in the House who are itching for an impeachment are relying on an imagined history.”
Rep. Dusty Johnson said: “There is a constitutional and legal test that you have to meet with evidence” when it comes to impeachment but that he has “not seen that evidence.”
Rep. John Curtis said: “My bar for impeachment is incredibly high… For me it’s all about is there an impeachable offense and is there evidence of an impeachable offense,” and when asked if he had seen anything that comes close to that bar, he answered: “No.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, former House Oversight Chair said: “The actual participation by the vice president and now president – that still has to be discovered and or nailed down.”
Rep. Lisa McClain, when asked if House Republicans, after nearly a year of investigating, had uncovered any improperly-influenced policy decisions by President Biden, said, “The short answer is no.”
Rep. Dave Joyce said: “You hear a lot of rumor and innuendo … but that’s not fact to me. As a former prosecutor, I think there has to be facts, and I think there has to be due process that we follow, and I’ve not seen any of that.”
Rep. Chuck Edwards said: “I’ve heard over and over that President Biden has not been implicated or proven for any wrongdoing here, and I acknowledge that.”
Rep. Don Bacon said: “I think before we move on to [an] impeachment inquiry, we should … there should be a direct link to the president in some evidence…We should have some clear evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor, not just assuming there may be one. I think we need to have more concrete evidence to go down that path.”
Rep. French Hill of Arkansas told CBS that House Republicans have not “even remotely completed their work on the kind of detailed investigations and quality work” needed to proceed to impeachment, warning that Republicans would be making “mistakes” by “prematurely moving to impeachment.”
Rep. Tony Gonzales “criticized some of his conservative colleagues’ impeachment calls […] ‘The people back at home in my district are worried about inflation, worried about the border, their kids being safe in school — you know, real issues.’“ ““
Rep. Mike Lawler, who represents a district President Biden won in 2020, on impeachment: “Are the [investigations] producing enough facts and evidence that warrant taking it to the next step? I don’t think it’s there at the moment.”
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) said “We’ve got to get back to a point where impeachment is what it was intended to be. I feel like, you know, both in the last cycle and in this cycle, we’re converting into essentially a vote of no confidence in the British Parliament. And I don’t want to see our country go down that path.”
There is still no evidence that House Republicans have the votes to impeach the President. Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s original plan was to drag out the impeachment investigation through the political conventions next year. The intention was never to hold an actual impeachment vote.
McCarthy is gone now and will be out of the House by the end of the month.
MAGA is running the House, and Trump wants Biden impeached, so even if the votes aren’t there, Republicans are moving forward.