Kevin McCarthy tries to tamp down MAGA fantasies about impeaching Biden if House Republicans reclaim control this fall: 'We will not play politics with it'




  • In Politics
  • 2022-09-29 16:18:35Z
  • By Business Insider
 
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a weekly Capitol Hill press conference on May 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a weekly Capitol Hill press conference on May 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.  
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he doesn't take presidential impeachments lightly.

  • "We will not play politics with it," McCarthy said when asked about GOP dreams of booting Joe Biden.

  • Trump allies like Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene consider impeaching Biden non-negotiable.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, after momentarily reflecting on Trump's tumultuous single term in office, alerted his far-right members Thursday that impeaching Joe Biden is not at the top of his 2023 agenda if the GOP retakes control this fall.

"We just went through four years of watching a political impeachment," McCarthy told reporters at the Capitol, adding that Republicans, if returned to power during the midterm elections, wouldn't reflexively impeach Biden to avenge the embattled former president.

"We will uphold the law. We will not play politics with it," McCarthy said when asked about mounting pressure from Trump loyalists to drag Biden down ahead of the 2024 presidential race.

There was no immediate reaction to McCarthy's shot at managing expectations, in part because Biden impeachment cheerleaders Matt Gaetz of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia didn't attend the press conference on the Capitol steps. GOP hardliners Jim Jordan of Ohio, Jim Banks of Indiana, and Paul Gosar of Arizona also skipped the refresher on McCarthy's retooled governing blueprint.

On Sunday, Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina told NBC's Chuck Todd that the price for reclaiming power is having to punish Biden. "There's a lot of pressure on Republicans to have that vote, to put that legislation forward," Mace said on Meet the Press.

A day later, Gaetz said on social media that "our voters will feel betrayed" if Republicans shy away from impeachment.

 

GOP lawmaker and January 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger predicts that if McCarthy does fulfill his lifelong mission of becoming House Speaker, the growing number of "crazies" in the caucus will want payback in exchange for their support.

"They're going to demand an impeachment vote on President Biden every week," Kinzinger said.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Democratic Sen. Warnock defeats Republican Walker in Georgia runoff
Democratic Sen. Warnock defeats Republican Walker in Georgia runoff

Polls are closing soon in the Senate runoff election in Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock faces Republican Herschel Walker.

Warnock win gives Democrats 51-seat Senate majority in 2022 midterms overtime battle
Warnock win gives Democrats 51-seat Senate majority in 2022 midterms overtime battle

Georgia voters give Joe Biden and Democrats a critical 51-seat edge in the Senate, which will no longer require a tie break vote to confirm judges.

Congress set to rescind COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops
Congress set to rescind COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military would be rescinded under the annual defense bill heading for a vote this week in Congress...

U.S. lawmakers authorize $800 million more for Ukraine in defense bill
U.S. lawmakers authorize $800 million more for Ukraine in defense bill
  • US
  • 2022-12-07 02:18:00Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. lawmakers agreed to provide Ukraine at least $800 million in additional security assistance next year and to boost Taiwan with...

Family of deceased Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick snubs GOP leaders
Family of deceased Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick snubs GOP leaders

The family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died hours after defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, refused to shake hands with the two top...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • maps.google.com
    (2022-09-30 14:00:44Z)

    It is really a nice and helpful piece of info. I'm happy that you simply shared this useful info with us.
    Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    REPLY

Top News: Politics