Despite fruitless investigations into Joe Biden’s business involvements, new reports say that the GOP is remaining adamant that they want to impeach the president anyway. Despite this, it is unlikely that there will be enough Republicans to vote in favor of the impeachment as many have cited a lack of concrete proof of wrongdoing.
The Impeachment Attempt
Numerous far-right members of the Republican Party are hoping to carry out impeachment proceedings against Biden for supposedly using his political status to aid his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings. However, no evidence has concluded this to be the case despite Republican-led investigations entailing various probes and subpoenas.
A Lack of Evidence
House Republicans in Biden-voting districts are holding out on the issue, claiming that they are yet to see sufficient evidence to justify impeachment. Baselessly calling for Biden to be impeached may put their seats at risk in the next election.
A Rare Event in US Politics
Impeachment of a president is exceedingly rare, with Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump being the only three presidents to ever be impeached by the House; additionally, all three were acquitted of their charges by the Senate and remained in office.
The House Majority
The GOP currently possesses a slim majority in the House after a predicted “red wave” in 2022’s midterm elections failed to materialize. Republicans hold 221 of the 435 seats — only three more than the 218 that constitute a majority. This means that it would only take a few Republican dissenters to hold up any impeachment bill.
George Santos’ Scandal
The GOP’s majority is also threatened by the fact that one of its members, George Santos (R-NY), is facing a potential expulsion vote after the House Ethics Committee found evidence that he committed fraud by embezzling funds from his election campaign.
The Role of the Senate
Even if the House were to successfully impeach Trump, it is highly unlikely that the Democratic-controlled Senate would vote to remove him from power. Only 51 of the 100 Senate seats are filled by Democrats or Democratic-aligned independents, however, and so the tiny majority does pose some risk to Biden.
“A Really Tough Spot”
An anonymous GOP lawmaker recently admitted that “any kind of impeachment puts our Biden people in a really tough spot,” adding “Impeachment hurts us politically.” Despite this, he claimed that the impeachment proposal “makes our base feel better,” and therefore Republicans are unlikely to halt their plans.
Republican investigators are hoping to interview Hunter Biden in the near future with a goal to conclude the probes by January. Despite this, some House Republicans have remained skeptical that any smoking gun evidence implicating Biden will be unearthed by then.
The White House Reacts
The White House has requested that the House withdraw its interview and subpoena requests and made allegations of congressional harassment. White House legal counsel Dick Sauber has written to House Oversight Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, addressing their investigation.
The Contents of the Letter
The letter said: “You appear so determined to impeach the president that you have misrepresented the facts, ignored the overwhelming evidence disproving your claims, and repeatedly shifted the rationale for your ‘inquiry.’”
A Joke of a Party
Many people online were baffled by the Republican Party’s adamance to impeach Biden for no good reason. One forum commenter wrote: “No charges, just impeach him — what a joke the GOP has become.”
Right for the Wrong Reasons
Others were pleased many Republicans were unwilling to vote for impeachment, but angry at the reasons they cited for this decision. “The most damaging part of that story is the claim that some Representatives will not vote for impeachment because Biden won their district rather than the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing. Absolutely not a single strand of integrity. Pathetic,” one person declared.
Getting Their Revenge
The majority of users felt it was obvious that House Republicans simply wanted revenge for the Trump impeachments. “Trump got impeached, so if they cheapen the impeachment process it makes people think the entire process is worthless and Trump isn’t as bad,” someone wrote, whereas another concurred it was “tit for tat.”
Focusing on Feelings
Particular attention was paid to the idea that a Biden impeachment would make the GOP’s base “feel better.” One contributor stated: “I thought this was the group that didn’t care about feelings! I guess when it’s their own feelings instead of someone else’s they gotta kick the hypocrisy into high gear.”
The GOP’s Voter Base
Several people criticized Republican supporters for continuing to buy into the party’s illogical arguments. “Anyone who supports the Republican Party in any capacity has the mental maturity of a toddler,” someone claimed, adding “There’s no excuse for this, none.” Another person insisted that “MAGA is an infection that puts all previous pandemics to shame. More vicious than any brain-eating amoeba could ever be.”
No Real Policies
One individual criticized the GOP for having no real positive legislation that they wish to enact or any substantial agenda that could improve people’s lives, instead choosing to focus on petty drama. “It’s about feeding their base some red meat by “going after Biden” because the GOP doesn’t have any actual policies anymore other than “own the libs,” they explained.
Biden’s Made-Up Crime
Another forum member succinctly concluded that Biden was being investigated by the House “for the crime of being the president but not a Republican,” suggesting that they are unlikely to drop their impeachment plans any time soon.
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