For months now, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been calling for the impeachment of President Joe Biden, posting a petition on Telegram in which she urged others to join her in demanding the removal of Biden from office:
“It’s time to impeach Biden! Sign the official impeach Biden petition today and become a citizen co-sponsor.”
Greene then shared a link to the petition, which urged people to sign the petition against Biden.
It reads: “I filed articles of impeachment on Joe Biden! 75 million Americans are fed up with inaction. It’s time to take a stand. Quid pro-Joe (a play on the Latin ‘quid pro quo’ meaning a favor given in return for something) Biden abused his power as Vice President.
“Americans will not tolerate this. Become a citizen co-sponsor by signing your petition above!”
But based on what two of Green’s GOP colleagues in the House said Monday, it doesn’t sound like Greene even has the support of her party when it comes to the matter of impeaching Biden.
Politico reports that Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made it clear on Gaetz’s “Firebrand” podcast that impeachment isn’t high on their list of priorities if Republicans retake the House in next year’s midterm elections:
The Floridian teed up his question on his podcast “Firebrand” by warning against “impeachment fever,” saying impeachment should only be based on “purposeful wrongdoing” by a POTUS. Otherwise, Gaetz said, “any time you have a president and a Congress that are in different parties, part of the ceremonial exchange of power will be an impeachment.” Gaetz then asked Jordan if he shares that concern.
“I do, and I have not called for that. There may be a time for that. You don’t want it just to flip back and forth.”
That’s a significant change of heart for Gaetz, who co-sponsored a resolution with Greene in August to oust Biden from the White House for his handling of the southern border.
If the GOP does manage to win in 2022, Jordan would likely become chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and he seems to be trying to let his colleagues know he won’t be reactionary if he’s handed the reins of such an influential committee:
(Jordan) is clearly setting down a marker for what would likely be an early factional rupture within the House GOP — and he’s choosing the side of caution. It portends a potential dispute with Greene on the issue, and one that Trump himself is likely to weigh on within his party.
Gaetz, on the other hand, may not even be in Congress this time next year, as he’s still under investigation for allegedly engaging in the sexual trafficking of an underage girl, a charge that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
The real reason for talk of impeaching Biden is simple: Payback. Republicans still haven’t gotten over the fact that former President Donald Trump was impeached twice, putting a permanent stain on his already sullied legacy as head of state.
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