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With Republicans poised to potentially retake the majority in possibly both chambers of Congress in this year’s midterm elections, speculation abounds about what their agenda will be once in power.
One thing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is sure of, however, is that there will be no moves to imitate Democrats and impeach President Joe Biden for “political purposes.”
The GOP lawmaker spoke with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” about whether Republicans will move ahead on calls by some lawmakers to impeach Biden for failures both at the U.S. southern border and last year’s epic Afghanistan withdrawal debacle.
Speaking on the Russian invasion of Ukraine while on location in Warsaw, Poland, McCarthy addressed the many failures of the Biden administration but was not quick to jump on the push from some of his GOP colleagues to immediately impeach the president if Republicans gain control in the fall.
“You said that if the GOP wins the majority in November, that you are going to be investigating all of this. Is this one of those investigations? His response to Russia’s war on Ukraine?” Bartiromo asked.
“Yeah. That’s just not the only place that we would hold him accountable and investigate,” McCarthy responded, going on to list multiple issues before Bartiromo played a clip of Republican Rep. Greg Murphy who told her Biden has committed impeachable offenses, though there are concerns about having Vice President Kamala Harris step in to take over.
“One thing we learned that the Democrats did is they – they used impeachment for political reasons,” the California Republican said.
“We believe in the rule of law,” McCarthy continued. “We’re not going to pick and choose just because somebody has power. We’re going to uphold the law. At any time, if someone breaks the law and the ramification becomes impeachment, we would move towards that. But we’re not going to use it for political purposes.”
Articles of impeachment have already been introduced against Biden by Republican lawmakers such as Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio). Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), introduced articles of impeachment one day after Biden was inaugurated.
McCarthy, who aspires to become Speaker if the GOP wins the House majority, did promise investigations of the Biden administration but that Republicans will be focused on the right priorities for Americans.
“Our focus is bringing prices down, making us energy independent, making our schools and streets safe again and holding this administration accountable. And we will take the facts to wherever the facts go because America’s been through too much with people playing politics with the concept of impeachment,” he told Bartiromo.
“But if it rises to that level, we would have the law determine that,” he added.
Sen. Ted Cruz had indicated several months ago that he believed there are “multiple grounds” for impeachment.
“If we take the House, which I said is overwhelmingly likely, then I think we will see serious investigations of the Biden administration,” the Texas Republican said during his podcast “Verdict with Ted Cruz.”
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 4, 2022
“Whether it’s justified or not, Democrats weaponized impeachment,” he added. “They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him. One of the real disadvantages of doing that is, the more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
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