Is Joe Biden Being Held Accountable for His Many Offenses?

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It might be time to start exploring impeachment for President Biden.

After a period of fictitious investigations, Republicans in the House will try to remove Joe Biden from office sometime in the next year. Although that may not be their plan at the moment, they will gradually move toward it. The MAGA base will exert more pressure. All constraints will be broken by a triggering event. Republicans will eventually be left with few options.

Absolutely nothing in the public record suggests even a remote possibility that the Senate, even if it is controlled by Republicans, will find Biden guilty and remove him from his post. Nevertheless, House Republicans will eventually see many gains in impeaching Biden—and perhaps a few other senior officials.

The percentage of Republicans who support impeachment roughly matches their opinion that Biden is an unfit president.

What you should know about the presidents who have faced impeachment

Presidential impeachment hearings are generally regarded as being unprecedented. In 1787, the Constitution established the impeachment power. Before Congress used that tool to impeach Andrew Johnson in 1868 and narrowly convict him, almost a century had passed. Before Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, avoiding probable impeachment, another hundred years had gone. Then followed Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998 but was later exonerated, and Donald Trump, who was charged twice (in 2019 and 2021) but was also exonerated.

So, in 235 years, five times, even if you include Nixon. However, there is a longer, less well-known past. Twelve presidents have become the target of impeachment proceedings, notably all but one since Jimmy Carter. Amazingly, given the hatred he attracted, Barack Obama might be the exception.

However, whereas the bulk of impeachment attempts have been taken actions that have no possibility of winning a majority in the House, the upcoming Biden impeachment won’t be of that nature. It will have a good chance of passing and moving forward to the Senate for a trial.

There is already a huge desire for removal.

On January 21, 2021, Joe Biden’s first day in office, Marjorie Taylor Greene submitted the first article of impeachment against him. At the time, House Resolution 57 was little more than a sneer at a president who Greene thought was unqualified for the job. Due to Democrats controlling the House, Greene had to be conscious that she would not receive a floor vote or committee referral. The leadership of the House did not even acknowledge the efforts.

But Greene’s ultimatum to Biden wasn’t just talking. It will eventually show to be really real.

The Republican conference’s mood was set by Greene’s impeachment attempt on the first day. She introduced three additional motions in August 2021, garnering support from eight people, including fellow bomb-throwers and election skeptics Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar. The Freedom Caucus activists soon spread the word to others.

The next month saw the introduction of another resolution. After that, in less than two weeks, another. Lauren Boebert presented new resolutions opposing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just three days later. Two more impeachment resolutions one from Greene once more were added to the barrage in April.

Neither of these resolutions will result in the impeachment of Biden. All of them expire soon after the start of the new year, as the 117th Congress comes to an end. Republicans will probably be in charge of the committees, the floor, and the rules when the new Congress takes office. Impeachment will gain steam sometime in 2023.

What accusation could Republicans level against Biden?

It will take time for advocates to develop a plan that the majority of the House will support.

How to link the president to his son’s purported escapades is the challenge faced by those who seek to impeach the president. Republicans who brought up “the Hunter issue” even those who foresaw it as the main justification for impeachment became evasive when questioned about how it showed misconduct by the president.

Republicans most frequently brought up the president’s son Hunter Biden when quizzed about the grounds for impeachment. In the GOP, “Hunter” is a catch-all symbol for controversy, and to some extent, that is justified. He has acknowledged using drugs, was ill-suited for his position on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, which he held while his father served as vice president, and is reportedly the subject of a federal investigation for allegedly committing tax crimes and deceiving about his drug use on a gun purchase application.

An impeachment charge against the president based on the behavior of his son would be electorally efficient, according to a former House leadership aide close to McCarthy, “if it was found that Joe Biden had been dramatically involved in generating money for Hunter… and he had done something clearly illegal.” He said.

The Impeachment Resolution also includes permitting illegal aliens to enter the country and not completing the southern border wall.

Another potential ground for impeachment is Joe Biden’s part in the disastrous American departure from Afghanistan. Thousands of American citizens and Afghan friends should have been evacuated, Biden “failed to secure,” according to a Republican resolution. By leaving a large number of firearms, ammo, and other pieces of military gear, he “equipped our enemy.”

Impeaching Biden is smart politics no matter what, according to passionate Trump supporters. There will be a circumstance in the coming year that sets off all of those instincts. Impeachment will gradually, then abruptly, become a bellwether for Republican House members.