Though Donald Trump left the White House and headed to Florida nearly a month ago, his impeachment trial in the Senate rages on. But while there’s little chance the former president will actually be convicted, some have suggested another impeachment effort could be right around the corner.
U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday that if Republicans take back control of the House in 2022’s midterm elections, they could face mounting “pressure” to impeach President Joe Biden.
“If we start to get good information out to the American people, Republicans have a good chance of taking the House in 2022,” Nunes began Wednesday, according to Fox.
“Now, if that happens, and let’s — for example, we don’t know what’s going to happen to Hunter Biden’s laptop. We don’t know what’s going to happen with the [John] Durham investigation,” the congressman added. “But I could see pressure would become great for us to actually have to impeach [Joe] Biden.”
A Biden impeachment?
Nunes’ remarks referred to a controversy that first emerged in October, just weeks before November’s election, when the New York Post published a bombshell report outlining the contents of a laptop hard drive said to have belonged to Hunter Biden, the president’s son.
On it, emails were allegedly found that suggested the younger Biden may have leveraged his father’s political connections for his own financial gain. The issue was only compounded in December when Hunter Biden revealed that he was and ostensibly still is under investigation by federal authorities over his “tax affairs.”
Nunes also mentioned U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was tasked during Trump’s presidency with looking into the origins of the Robert Mueller-led probe into alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia. Initial surveillance in the investigation began before the 2016 election, when Barack Obama was still president and Joe Biden was his VP.
Nunes, for his part, said Wednesday that while he’d rather not launch an impeachment effort against President Biden, the evidence might be too great to ignore. ”
“Now look, I don’t want to do that, but you’re going to have people that are going to be saying that,” he said of an impeachment push, according to Newsweek.
A Trump acquittal?
As for Trump’s ongoing trial in the Senate, reports have indicated that Republicans in the upper chamber expect to see an acquittal for the former president.
“I don’t believe the facts are largely in dispute about what happened that day or the nature of what happened,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) opined, according to The Hill. “The fundamental question for me, and I don’t know about everybody else, is whether an impeachment trial is appropriate for someone who is no longer in office. I don’t believe that it is. I believe it sets a very dangerous precedent.”
Trump’s trial will continue Saturday and could even conclude by the day’s end, reports note. As for Democrats — well, what goes around, comes around.