Op-ed by John Hanna | Photo: Alamy
Many GOP members of the House of Representatives, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., are calling for the impeachment of President Joe Biden.
Article II, Section IV states, “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, and other high Crimes, and Misdemeanors.”
While introducing the impeachment articles, Greene calls for Biden’s impeachment because “Joe Biden has deliberately compromised our national security.”
Greene cites the Biden administration’s neglect and lack of enforcement in the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border as the reason she is bringing this impeachment.
While a severe measure, this is not the first time there have been calls for a president’s removal from office by impeachment. In 2023, only three presidents, Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump, were impeached in American history, yet all three managed to stay in office long enough to finish their term.
Calls for Biden’s impeachment are not unfounded. However, it does create a slippery slope. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., finds himself in a tricky position as he has to strike a balance between the different factions of his own party but has to maintain a sense of professionalism within the Congressional chambers.
Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., described the impeachment situation as a “person thinking about themselves versus the team. Impeachment is a serious thing. It should go through [a House] committee. They have to make the case, find the facts.” Bacon makes an interesting point here that points to the potential failures of a Biden impeachment.
Most Republicans would like to see Biden impeached. However, even if impeachment passed the House, there is a good chance that it would not survive the Senate. Therefore, it may behoove Republicans to focus on winning in 2024 rather than focusing on impeachment.