In a surprise statement, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently said that he would not try to impeach President Joe Biden if Republicans regain control of Congress during the midterm elections.
McCarthy Says He Won't Impeach Biden, Administration Officials if GOP Regains House Majority
— RedState (@RedState) October 25, 2022
Although House Republicans have pushed for more than a dozen impeachment resolutions against Biden and members of his cabinet, it appears that they will not have the support of one of the Republican Party’s current leaders.
When asked about the prospect of impeaching Biden if Republicans retake the majority, McCarthy said he did not believe Americans would favor a politically-motivated impeachment.
“I think the country doesn’t like impeachment used for political purposes at all,” McCarthy stated.
He then pointed to what Democrats did with former President Donald Trump as an illustration of why he would not pursue impeachment against Biden.
”You watch what the Democrats [did],” said the California congressman. “They all came out and said they would impeach before Trump was ever sworn in.”
“There wasn’t a purpose for it,” he continued. “If you spent all that time arguing against using impeachment for political purposes, you gotta be able to sustain exactly what you said.”
The interviewer even gave McCarthy an out by asking, political purposes aside, whether anyone in the Biden administration had done anything in the course of their duties to warrant impeachment.
“I don’t see it before me right now,” McCarthy responded.
Apparently, unlike many Republicans and many Americans in general, McCarthy is willing to overlook the disastrous withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the ongoing national security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the unconstitutional deployment of the FBI to Mar-a-Lago to politically prosecute a former president.
For his part, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has expressed that he believes that Democrats set a precedent with Trump that will lead to commonplace impeachment hearings for political purposes.
“That’s not how impeachment is meant to work, but I think the Democrats crossed that line,” Cruz said. “I think there’ll be enormous pressure on a Republican House to begin impeachment proceedings.”
Republicans may need to elect a majority leader other than McCarthy to follow through on Cruz’s prediction.