McConnell defends Biden from impeachment calls

August 11, 2023
Robert Ayers

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging his Republican counterparts in the U.S. House of Representatives not to impeach President Joe Biden. 

McConnell did so in a statement that he recently provided to the New York Times. 

McConnell's statement was included in a piece that the Times published on Aug. 8, titled, Once Rare, Impeachments and Censures Have Become the Norm in Congress. 

The piece, written by Carl Hulse, demonstrates how censures and impeachments have become more common, thanks to congressional Democrats, and how this new trend is likely to continue.

McConnell's statement

Hulse, in the piece, quotes McConnell to support the claim that "lawmakers across Capitol Hill" predicted that censures and impeachments would become more common once the Democrats opened the door during the administration of former President Donald Trump.

"I said two years ago, when we had not one but two impeachments, that once we go down this path it incentivizes the other side to do the same thing," McConnel said.

The senator added, "Impeachment ought to be rare. This is not good for the country."

Hulse, later on in the piece, quotes another Republican - U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) - who also argues against an effort by House Republicans to impeach Biden.

Cornyn says:

I just think we need to try to work out our political differences and not use tools like impeachment to try to redress our grievances. I don’t think it is a healthy sign for us to be resorting to the ultimate weapon. But democracy is messy, and we are demonstrating that every day."


The Daily Caller reports:

Calls for Biden’s impeachment have picked up steam following testimony from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblowers, and Hunter Biden associate Devon Archer alleging corruption and bribery involving the president and his son.

Herein lies the difference between the impeachments of Trump and a potential impeachment of Biden: whereas Trump was impeached for unimpeachable offenses Biden could end up being impeached for taking bribes, which the Constitution specifically lists as an impeachable offense.

If there is evidence that Biden took bribes, then the big question will be whether a sitting president can be impeached for an act that he committed before becoming president. The answer is unclear.

House Republicans are currently doing the right thing by investigating Biden and his family. And, if evidence arises that would support a constitutional impeachment of Biden, then they ought to proceed with impeachment.

The fact that the likes of McConnell and Cornyn are already attempting to head this off - before the House Republicans even complete their investigation - tells you all you need to know about these two so-called Republican senators.

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