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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has issued a stern warning to President Joe Biden and the Democrats regarding impeachment.
“We are going to drag Biden and everyone who covered up his crimes through the headlines day after day, month after month, and prove to the country the entire Democrat party is corrupt and can’t be trusted,” the Georgia Republican said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“So no matter which candidate runs for president if they take Biden out, everyone will know the Democrat party is filled with liars and traitors,” she said. “That, combined with Bidenomics’ destructive policies, will cause Democrats to lose big.”
Her comments came after House Speaker and California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced the start of an impeachment inquiry into the president.
“These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption, and they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives,” the Speaker said on Tuesday, as he directed the House Oversight Committee “to open a formal impeachment inquiry.”
President Biden responded to the announcement when asked by reporters.
“Well, I tell you what, I don’t know quite why, but they just knew they wanted to impeach me. And now, the best I can tell, they want to impeach me because they want to shut down the government,” the president said.
“So look, look, I got a job to do. Everybody always asked about impeachment,” he said. “I get up every day, not a joke, not focused on impeachment. I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to deal with the issues that affect the American people every single solitary day.”
Senate Minority Leader and Republican Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell also responded to the inquiry.
When asked about McCarthy’s announcement on Tuesday, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky, said he would give House Republicans plenty of room to conduct their inquiry after saying last month that “impeachment ought to be rare” and “is not good for our country.”
Asked if he supported McCarthy’s decision, McConnell said: “I don’t think Speaker McCarthy needs any advice from the Senate on how to run the House.”
McConnell added that he is much more focused on other pressing business before Congress at the moment, The Hill reported.
“Look, we got our hands full here trying to get through the appropriations process and not have an omnibus, and I don’t have any advice to give to the House. They’ve got a totally different set of challenges than we do,” McConnell said, likely referring to the growing pressure from the right on McCarthy to order the inquiry.
“So I think the best advice for the Senate is to do our job and see how this plays out later,” he added.
Over the summer, McConnell lamented how Democrats, when they controlled the House, lowered the bar to impeach then-President Donald Trump not once but twice, the second proceeding coming after Trump had already left office toward the end of January 2021.
“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,” McConnell told The New York Times.
“Impeachment ought to be rare,” he added. “This is not good for the country.”
Other Senate Republicans were highly skeptical that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) would actually take up the impeachment even if it passed the House.
“It really comes to how do you prioritize your time? I don’t know of anybody who believes [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.] will take it up and actually have a trial and convict a sitting president,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate GOP leadership team, said, according to The Hill.
McCarthy announced the inquiry Tuesday afternoon.
“Today, I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” he said. “I do not make this decision lightly. Regardless of your party or who you vote for, these facts should concern all Americans. The American people deserve to know that public offices are not for sale.”
“I would encourage the president and his team to fully cooperate,” he added. “We will go wherever the evidence takes us.”