‘New normal’: GOP reports big headaches for Biden after midterm
Republicans promise big headaches for President BidenJoe BidenPelosi votes on bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday Pressure increases to cut diplomatic formalities for Afghans left behind President Biden makes the world a more dangerous place MORE if they can regain control of one or both houses of Congress next year.
Amid the multi-day fallout over Afghanistan, GOP lawmakers have kicked everything from launching select committees to impeachment, to even whether Biden should be removed via the 25th Amendment.
The comments are, for now, only rhetoric that plays well with their base. But it’s also a potential glimpse into how a GOP-controlled Congress might try to trip Biden by 2024.
“We’re at a point in America where we see things like that from Congress all the time now. This is just part of the new normal, ”said Doug Heye, a GOP strategist and former House executive staff.
In the minority in both houses, Republicans are currently largely powerless to do much beyond using the question to inflame their constituents, table largely symbolic resolutions, and urge Democrats or watchdogs to poll various parts of the country. Afghanistan’s exit strategy.
But Republicans feel optimistic about their chances of reclaiming the House, where they are virtually guaranteed to win seats through redistribution maneuvers. And they only need a net gain of one seat to get a majority in the Senate.
Even the simple act of reclaiming the House would give Republicans enormous clout to use their high-level perches to investigate or even lead impeachment proceedings against Biden.
Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist and former campaign adviser to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell How Democratic Party Campaign Strategy Fails America GOP Should Seize Opportunity to Reverse Pelosi’s Reconciliation Plan We Don’t Need Platinum To Solve Debt Ceiling Crisis MORE (R-Ky.), Warned Democrats opened a “Pandora’s box” under the Trump administration.
Republicans “engage in behavior taught to them by Democrats,” Jennings said, adding that using a potential majority after 2022 to probe Afghanistan’s botched exit would be “absolutely justified use. of all the monitoring levers at their disposal “.
Several GOP lawmakers are already arguing that Biden should be impeached.
“I think he should be impeached. I think that’s the most dishonorable thing a Commander-in-Chief has possibly done in modern times, ”GOP Sen. Lindsey grahamLindsey Olin Graham, Republican of North Dakota’s latest COVID-19 case, House breakthrough The Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case Graham told Trump he had “upset” the chair: book PLUS (SC), who could chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans return to the upper house, said in an interview with conservative Newsmax.
Graham’s push is brutal given his longtime ties to Biden.
But he is not the only one.
A host of House conservatives, including some of Trump’s biggest supporters, have called for Biden’s impeachment.
representing Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize Danger of Increased Riots on Capitol Hill The Memo: What Now for Anti-Trump Republicans? Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet Trump “soon” in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) Filed three impeachment resolutions against Biden, including for “dereliction of duty” to exit Afghanistan, “endanger the security” of the United States and “contrary to the will” of Congress . The third was not related to Afghanistan, but to the moratorium on deportations.
Republican Representative Byron Donalds (Florida) called on Biden to “resign immediately” after the United States’ “botched withdrawal” from Afghanistan, while Republican House Conference Speaker Élise StefanikElise Marie Stefanik Wyoming County GOP rejects efforts to overturn Cheney Stefanik’s party status in ad says Democrats want “permanent election insurgency” GOP leader fights for proxy vote in court supreme PLUS (NY) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Said Biden was unfit to perform his duties
If House Republicans regain a majority next year and indict Biden in 2023, that would only make him the fifth president to be officially impeached.
It could also force the Senate to fight the hijacking of its schedule through an impeachment trial. No president has ever been convicted, but trials typically take weeks and block all other cases.
Not all Republicans jump on calls supporting the idea of impeachment, which is going nowhere given Democratic control of Congress.
“No,” McConnell told a Kentucky television station, asking if he supported Greene’s call. “I do not systematically react to these kinds of comments from MPs.”
House Democrats have indicted Trump twice – the first time in 2020 for abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine, and again in the dying days of his presidency in January 2021 for inciting insurgency after a mob of his supporters violated the Capitol while lawmakers were officially counting Biden’s victory.
Some Republicans warned at the time that they could use the tactic against a future Democratic president, making the threat of impeaching Biden if they returned to the House almost inevitable.
“If it’s a good idea to impeach and try former presidents, what about former Democratic presidents when Republicans get a majority in 2022?” Senator John cornynJohn CornynAbbott bows to Trump’s pressure to audit Texas election Senate committee pushes forward antitrust bill that targets Google and Facebook Democrats rise in risky debt ceiling fight MORE (R-Texas) said at the time.
Republicans didn’t just overthrow Biden on Afghanistan; they also hammered home his handling of the US-Mexico border, and some questioned his mental skills.
Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), The chairman of the GOP’s campaign arm in the Senate, raised eyebrows when he spoke about whether Biden was to be removed from office by the 25th Amendment, which allows a Cabinet majority or a group appointed by Congress. to voluntarily remove a president.
“Is Joe Biden capable of carrying out the duties of his office or is it time to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment?” Scott said in a recent tweet.
Republicans are also eager to investigate Biden. If they get the House or Senate back, they will have subpoena power that would allow them to try to force the administration to hand over documents or testify.
It would also give them the ability to force high-profile hearings, decisions they are largely sidelined for the moment, out of power.
“Is it too early for us to start discussing a special committee on Afghanistan to investigate exactly what happened and when?” Rep. Claudia Tenney (RN.Y.) tweeted, adding that she wanted to “hear from Americans who were on the ground talk about their experiences and get answers to questions about how it went so wrong, so fast”.
Pelosi launched a select committee to investigate the Jan.6 attack after Republicans in the Senate blocked the creation of an independent commission. Republicans have warned for weeks that they could use the same tactics, including having a veto over opposing party members who may be on the panel, if they take back the House.
But several Republicans on key committees suggested they were eager to investigate Afghanistan.
House Minority Leader Kevin mccarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Alibaba – Democrats discuss price ahead of politics amid rush Fifth House Republican speaks out in favor of bipartisan infrastructure bill Watch Live: McCarthy holds briefing with journalists PLUS (R-Calif.) Stopped short of committing to forming a select committee in 2023 if Republicans are back in the majority, pointing instead to already existing House panels.
“We have people who have such expertise, who are on the ground and who know,” McCarthy told reporters. “I would take it through all the committees, from the armed services to foreign affairs to Intel.”
Scott Wong contributed