Texas congressional Democrats say impeaching Biden is not comparable to Trump

Texas congressional Democrats say impeaching Biden is not comparable to Trump

AMNA NAWAZ Now to our other lead story.
Months of Republican allegations and investigations into President Joe Biden have led to this.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry into the
president.
It’s just the fifth time in American history an incumbent has faced a formal inquiry.
Laura Brown Lopez begins our coverage.
REP.
House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s
conduct.
Within hours of returning from recess,
Speaker Kevin McCarthy bypasses a floor vote and directs
Republicans to turn their months-long investigations into President Biden and his son Hunter’s
business dealings into a formal impeachment inquiry.
These are allegations of abuse of power,
obstruction,
and corruption,
and they warrant further investigation
by the House of Representatives.
That’s why today I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry
into President Joe Biden.
Republicans have lobbed unsubstantiated allegations against President Biden since taking over
the House in January,
but have so far turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
Now three committees—Oversight,
led by Chairman James Comer,
Judiciary,
led by Jim Jordan,
and Ways and Means,
led by Jason Smith—will continue their dive into money members of
Joe Biden’s family made overseas,
allegations of selling access,
and whether the president
arranged,
quote,
special treatment for his son in ongoing criminal investigations.
Extreme Magga Republicans have launched an illegitimate impeachment inquiry that is a
kangaroo court,
fishing expedition,
and conspiracy theater rolled into one.
Congressional Democrats and the White House dismissed the new investigation as politically
motivated.
White House spokesman Ian Sam said,
House Republicans have been investigating the president for nine months,
and they’ve
turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
His own Republican members have said so.
This is extreme politics at its worst.
McCarthy called the designation a,
quote,
logical next step that will give GOP committees
stronger investigative powers to access bank records and other documents.
But his announcement also comes as Congress faces an end-of-September deadline to prevent
a government shutdown.
The rushed and somewhat rattled performance you just saw from the speaker isn’t real.
And far-right Republicans have threatened a shutdown and McCarthy’s gavel if their
list of demands,
including an impeachment inquiry,
go unmet.
I rise today to serve notice.
Mr.
Speaker,
you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this
role.
The path forward for the House of Representatives is to either bring you into immediate total
compliance or remove you,
pursuant to a motion to vacate the chair.
And our White House correspondent,
Laura Barone Lopez,
joins me now for more,
along with Heather
Cagle.
She’s a managing editor at Punchbowl News,
which covers Congress.
She joins us from Capitol Hill.
Welcome to you both.
Heather,
I want to start with you.
Just share your reporting with us,
if you can.
What is behind that announcement from Speaker McCarthy today?
HEATHER CAGLE,
Capitol Hill Correspondent,
Punchbowl News,
Washington,
D.C.:
Well,
no,
Speaker McCarthy was facing significant pressure from the right to move forward on this impeachment
inquiry.
And I think,
from what we have been told privately today,
he had hoped that moving ahead with
this this week would give him a little breathing room in the government funding negotiations,
that these hard-line conservatives would be more likely to support a short-term deal at
the end of the month,
which McCarthy thinks is needed to give him a stronger negotiating
hand with Senate Democrats in the White House.
Now,
all of that being said,
conservatives have since come out and said an impeachment
inquiry is not enough,
and they have an entire list of demands.
They want everything from defunding the FBI to cutting billions of more dollars from federal
agencies.
As we’re speaking right now,
McCarthy is actually meeting with a group of Republican moderates,
several of these moderates are in districts that President Biden won in the last election.
And he’s privately trying to convince them of the necessity of this inquiry,
which several
of them had pushed back against over the August recess.
Laura,
you have been talking to your White House sources.
What are they saying in reaction to this impeachment inquiry?
LAURA JARRETT,
The Washington Post): The White House is again saying that there is no evidence
that this is quote extreme politics.
And to Heather’s point about the list of demands that these far-right conservatives are issuing
in exchange for funding the government,
the White House is very eager to latch on to that
and say that this is extreme Republicans trying to potentially cause a government shutdown
in exchange for an impeachment inquiry,
in exchange for the host of all these other demands.
And so they had already started highlighting that omni heading into this September session.
And they’re going to be focused on it again.
Also,
the Biden campaign told me that they’re going to be zeroing in on the Trump connection
and essentially saying that this attempt to pursue an impeachment inquiry just further
demonstrates that House Republicans are trying to help former President Trump and are trying
to follow his bidding.
Heather,
we heard Representative Matt Gaetz there threatening basically to force a vote
to remove McCarthy.
We know the concessions Speaker McCarthy made to secure the gavel with many of those far-right
members of his conference.
Is his speakership in peril?
You know,
I would say if you ask Matt Gaetz,
he would say yes.
He said today that McCarthy wasn’t living up to the contours of that deal.
Now,
we know several of the agreements that he made with conservatives back in January
after those 15 votes.
But the full deal was never released.
And depending on who you ask,
if you ask McCarthy’s office or if you ask some of these conservative
hardliners like Gaetz,
they’ll say that they agreed to different things.
But because no one has seen actual paper,
we don’t know what this handshake agreement
that they made was.
Now Congressman Gaetz says McCarthy is not living up to this,
even after the speaker
agreed and moved ahead with this impeachment inquiry.
I think the question now is,
would McCarthy have the votes if this were launched to survive
a challenge to his speakership?
Before this,
we would have seen Democrats possibly help him out.
Now they’re privately saying,
there’s no way we’re doing that when you’re trying to impeach
the Democratic president.
Laura,
you shared with us what the White House sources are saying,
but what about other Democrats?
Are they at all concerned that this could hurt the political future of the Biden re-election
campaign?
Democrats I’ve talked to,
Amna,
across the House,
Senate,
campaign,
said that they’re
not concerned at this point due to the lack of evidence.
I spoke to one Republican pollster today who actually was conducting a focus group as they
were texting me of Trump to Biden voters.
And they said that only one voter in that group knew about the impeachment inquiry announcement,
despite the fact that it had happened hours prior in the day,
that no one cared about
Hunter Biden.
They cared about the economy.
And pollsters like that have told me that swing voters generally see this as a personal
matter,
a personal family problem,
and that they don’t hold it against President Biden.
Now,
another important piece of final context,
Amna,
on the motivation for House Republicans
is that Republican members were saying as early as September of 2022 that they were
going to launch an impeachment inquiry even before they won the House.
And I spoke to former House Republican Charlie Dent,
a moderate that was ostracized by his
party and essentially pushed out.
And he said that the motivation for Republicans here is to muddy the waters and to try to
draw a false equivalency,
all as people are delivering under oath testimony in the alleged
criminal — alleged criminality against Trump in those trials,
and that Republicans
are trying essentially to hurt Biden politically.
Another historic day here in Washington,
I have a feeling we’re going to be covering
this quite a bit in the weeks and months ahead.
Thanks for joining me here in the studio,
our White House correspondent,
Laura Barone-Lopez,
and from Capitol Hill,
Heather Cagle of Punchbowl News.
Thank you to you both.
Thank you.

 

Manhunt for the escaped Pennsylvania killer draws hundreds of officers

Leave a Comment