Biden impeachment push fizzles as McCarthy pumps brakes

 June 22, 2023

A push to impeach President Biden from pro-Trump firebrand Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) failed Thursday after House Republicans, led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.), pushed back. 

Republicans agreed to send Boebert's motion to committees, essentially tabling her call to impeach Biden over the border crisis.

The drama exposed divisions between more right-wing Republicans and moderates, who complained that Boebert's move was disruptive and premature.

McCarthy scuttles impeachment

Boebert had alarmed some Republican colleagues when she brought a privileged resolution Tuesday forcing the impeachment vote.

McCarthy called the move "flippant" and at a private huddle with Republicans, warned moves like Boebert's would sabotage the party in 2024.

“I think to prematurely bring something up like that, to have no background in it, it undercuts what we’re doing," he told reporters.

The Speaker has long taken a more cautious approach, prioritizing investigation of Biden before impeachment.

Boebert is part of a group of right-wing Republicans who have pledged to disrupt business as usual in the House, something they made clear in January by forcing McCarthy to fight for their votes in a protracted battle for the Speaker's gavel.

Divisions open

Democrats, who spent Trump's entire presidency shouting about impeachment, Russian collusion, and Trump's tax returns, pounced on the spectacle across the aisle to say Republicans have lost interest in governing.

"I cannot overstate the solemness and sadness that I feel right now, to see the House so debased by the invocation of our most grave constitutional duty, impeachment of a president," Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Ma.) said.

The vote also highlighted a rift between Boebert and fellow pro-Trump Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), a McCarthy ally.

Greene's office confirmed that she called Boebert a "little bitch" on the House floor, but Greene said she would support the resolution, if only because, according to Greene, she had the idea first.

“She basically copied my articles and then introduced them and then changed them to a privileged resolution,” Greene said. “So of course, I support them because they’re identical to mine.”


Meanwhile, Boebert hailed the Thursday vote as "historic."

"Biden's lawless disregard for our federal laws has incentivized more than 5.5 illegal aliens to attempt to cross the border, overwhelming Border Patrol and allowing an invasion to take place that is causing real harm to the American people," Boebert added.

The vote came as Republicans released new bombshell evidence Thursday that the DOJ interfered to block Trump-appointed prosecutor David Weiss from bringing charges against Hunter Biden, whose sweetheart plea deal has caused outrage on the right.

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