A growing number of Republicans are calling for President Joe Biden to be removed from office over his chaotic handling of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
For U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), the president’s actions have met the standard for treason charges.
“Actually a real crime”
Mast, who served as an Army ordinance disposal technician in Afghanistan when he lost his legs in an explosion, now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he has been one of Biden’s most vocal opponents.
In a recent Fox News Channel appearance, he made the case to fellow Republicans that Biden should face an impeachment inquiry.
“Impeachment is absolutely something that should be considered,” Mast said. “I would say no less than 10,000 counts of reckless endangerment, all of the American lives over there that’s the minimum, which is actually a real crime. Beyond that, as I’ve said already, I think we absolutely need to look at what is the truth about this phone call with the former Afghan president.”
Of course, Democrats have already faced GOP accusations of lowering the bar after moving to impeach former President Donald Trump over allegations of quid pro quo, which could spell trouble for Biden.
Reports indicate Biden pressured former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to portray the fight against the Taliban as a success even as the militant group made gains that threatened to endanger the U.S. president’s image.
“The constitutional definition of treason”
Given the rapid spread of Taliban control, critics say Biden should have started evacuating Americans and allies from Afghanistan months before that operation actually began. The botched withdrawal led to unrest at the Kabul international airport, where a terror attack left 13 U.S. service members dead last month.
Even now, there are Americans stranded behind Taliban lines in Afghanistan.
Since Democrats set such a low bar for impeaching a sitting president under the previous administration, Republicans are now pointing to a mountain of evidence they say should warrant the same response.
For his part, Mast maintains that Biden is effectively aiding and abetting the enemy, asserting: “We know for a fact that the Taliban is the sworn enemy of the United States of America. We are still in the midst of the war on terror, and as I said, I would absolutely consider the manipulation of intelligence, giving aid and comfort to the enemy, all three of those things are part of what meets the constitutional definition of treason.”
Along with the fact that the Taliban now has control of untold U.S. military weapons and equipment left behind in Afghanistan, it is likely that even more Republicans will begin pressuring Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to launch an impeachment investigation into the current president.