Republicans in Congress took a cautious first step Thursday toward opening a possible impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden called for by some Trump supporters. These elected officials accuse the Democratic president of being responsible for an “invasion” of the US-Mexico border because of his immigration policy.
The U.S. Constitution provides that Congress can impeach the president for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
President Biden has “endangered the security of the United States and the health of the American people,” contends Rep.-elect Lauren Bobert in incriminating articles. The Colorado Republican Party believes the White House tenant deserves to be removed from office for this reason.
However, due to the lack of political support, the formal impeachment process remains highly speculative to date.
For fear of turning the practice into a purely partisan exercise, the rest of the Republican Party refuses to enter this territory at this point.
Instead of making a direct decision on impeachment proceedings, House Republicans opted to hold a vote in committee on Thursday — stalling the Trump administration’s initiative.
Democrats have rallied against the impeachment inquiry.
Never in American history has a president been impeached. Three people have been indicted: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021. But eventually all were released.
Richard Nixon wanted to resign in 1974 to avoid some congressional impeachment because of the Watergate scandal.
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