House Republicans’ enthusiasm for impeachment proceedings has encountered a hurdle as they cannot agree on which Biden administration official to focus on.
Earlier this week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) supported a potential impeachment inquiry into Attorney General Merrick Garland.
This comes shortly after members of the GOP conference disagreed with a resolution proposed by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) to impeach President Joe Biden.
Talk of the potential impeachment of President Biden came after an announcement from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) that the committee would begin investigating Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, which could lead to an impeachment inquiry.
Since the GOP took over the House, there has been a lot of focus on impeaching Mayorkas.
The disagreements over the border have led to several impeachment resolutions in the weeks following the lawmakers’ being sworn in.
However, that has quietened in the past few months as border crossings have decreased, and there has been far less media coverage.
Calls for Mayorkas’ impeachment have been replaced by recent allegations regarding the Justice Department’s handling of Hunter Biden’s investigation, shifting the vitriol to Garland.
The DOJ issue prompted McCarthy’s unexpected statement this week.
Taking to Twitter, McCarthy suggested that if the whistleblowers’ allegations were true, it would become a “significant part of a larger impeachment inquiry into Merrick Garland’s weaponization of DOJ.”
In the months of May and June, members of Congress put forward 11 impeachment resolutions targeting various high-ranking officials in the Biden administration.
Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia sponsored five of these resolutions, including President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves.
Until recently, McCarthy had restrained some of the conference’s most vocal advocates for impeachment, saying that there had to “reach the constitutional level of impeachment.”