Congressional Republicans took a cautious first step Thursday toward opening a possible impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, at the invitation of a group of Trump followers.
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These elected officials accuse the Democratic leader of being responsible for an “invasion” on the US-Mexico border over his immigration policy.
The United States Constitution provides that Congress can impeach a president for “treason, bribery, or other high crime and misdemeanor.”
President Biden “endangered the security of the United States and the health of the American people,” says Elect Lauren Boppert in the articles of indictment she is defending. The Colorado Republican believes that the tenant of the White House deserves to be removed from office for this reason.
However, the official impeachment procedure remains highly hypothetical so far, due to a lack of political support.
The rest of the Republican opposition at this point refuses to go into the field, for fear of turning the measure into a purely partisan practice.
Rather than vote directly on impeachment, House Republicans on Thursday opted to first submit to a vote in committee — putting a damper on Trump’s initiative.
Democrats rallied against the impeachment inquiry.
No president has ever been impeached in American history. Three of them were indicted: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021. But they were all eventually acquitted.
Richard Nixon preferred to resign in 1974 to avoid some impeachment by Congress over the Watergate scandal.
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