Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at an event in Kentucky on Wednesday that President Joe Biden was not going to be removed from office through impeachment, as some members of his party were calling for after he botched the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and let the Taliban take over the country.
“Well, look, the president is not going to be removed from office. There’s a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen,” McConnell said.
“There isn’t going to be an impeachment,” he added.
Prominent Republicans have called for Biden’s impeachment in recent weeks, citing his poor decisions in Afghanistan including giving American and ally names to the Taliban for security reasons and leaving hundreds or thousands of Americans behind when the military pulled out.
GOP wants Biden out
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said last week he thought Biden should be impeached, and Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called on him to resign.
McConnell also disagreed last month with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who filed articles of impeachment against Biden.
Instead of impeachment, McConnell suggested that Biden’s power could be checked if Republicans take back control of one or both houses of Congress in the midterm elections.
“The report card you get is every two years,” McConnell said. “I think the way these behaviors get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box.”
He said there is typically some buyer’s remorse with every election, and polls have shown that a significant number of voters would probably not vote for Biden, knowing what they know now about how he has governed.
Besides Afghanistan, Biden has also contributed to inflation by getting trillions in spending bills passed and opened the southern border to more than a million illegal immigrants, reversing successful immigration policies by his predecessor Donald Trump.
Many Republicans don’t believe Biden rightfully won the presidency, which may be fueling efforts to get him removed even though it would leave an even more radical progressive, Kamala Harris, in charge of the executive branch.
After the midterms, Republicans could move to impeach and remove Biden if they regain control of the House and Senate, but they would not regain control of the presidency unless they could also impeach Harris.