When Labor Day 2023 drew to a close, most Americans dutifully went back to work— but not the U.S. Congress. The House will need to take another week to rest up before reconvening on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. It’s not as if there wasn’t anything to do. The continuing resolution for FY23 runs out on September 30, and the mainstream media is doing what it can to create a panic if it is not extended. Although Speaker McCarthy probably would like to continue “business as usual” by pushing the deadline back into December, the House Freedom Caucus is having nothing of it, taking a strong position on borders: “No security, no funding.”
All those on the government dole will loudly oppose a dreaded “government shutdown,” while many taxpayers would welcome shutting down the bloated federal government — even if only for a week or two. But the media are already trying to frame any time spent working on the impeachment of President Biden as an unjustified diversion from the true business of government — spending money.
Since nothing new on impeachment can occur until the House returns, we thought it useful to review the various bills of impeachment that have already been filed against Biden. Mostly ignored by the mainstream media, 14 impeachment resolutions have been filed against Biden by seven House Republicans, beginning with Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene’s resolution filed on January 21, 2021, Biden’s second day in office, up to the most recent resolution filed by Representative Lauren Boebert on June 13, 2023.
During a recent National Public Radio segment, the host asked a guest: “What possible reason would they have to impeach President Biden?” The guest’s immediate response was to defend the Biden regime: “That’s the point — there is none.” A review of the grounds set out in these impeachment resolutions might help inform our state propagandists at NPR as to some of the possible grounds: participation in Ukrainian corruption, leaving open our borders, the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, jeopardizing energy security, and obstruction of justice.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA)
1. H. Res. 57 (Jan. 21, 2021). Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) (MTG) filed an impeachment resolution almost immediately upon Biden’s inauguration. Drafted well before explosive testimony from former Hunter Biden associate Devon Archer, H. Res. 57 nonetheless alleges “abuse of power” by then-Vice President Biden in connection with Hunter’s dealings with Ukrainian company Burisma and with Communist Chinese officials. The resolution cites Biden’s intervention in threatening to withhold U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine if its government did not remove “Ukraine’s top anti-corruption prosecutor, Viktor Shokin,” who at the time “had an active and ongoing investigation into Burisma….” The resolution also references apparent “quid pro quo” communications between Hunter Biden and his associate Sean Conlon, referencing a $10 billion bond deal, of which Hunter and Conlon would receive a 10 percent commission, with one of the parts of the deal being Hunter arranging a meeting between the Vice President and the parties to the deal.
2. H. Res. 596 (Aug. 23, 2021). Later in 2021, in August, MTG introduced three additional impeachment resolutions. The first charged Biden with “usurping Congress’s legislative authority and willfully circumventing the express guidance of the United States Supreme Court by extending the COVID–19 eviction moratorium.”
3. H. Res. 597 (Aug. 23, 2021). MTG’s second August resolution would impeach Biden for his failure to secure the border. The resolution stated that Biden “has willfully refused to maintain operational control of the border as required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006. His actions have directly led to an increase in illegal aliens and illegal narcotics, including deadly fentanyl,” entering the country. The resolution also stated that Biden’s failure to maintain former President Trump’s Title 42 policy was allowing foreigners infected with COVID-19 to enter the country, endangering U.S. citizens.
4. H. Res. 598 (Aug. 23, 2021). MTG’s third August resolution charged that Biden’s botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan cost American lives, armed America’s enemies, and endangered America’s allies in Afghanistan.
5. H. Res. 1362 (Sept. 19, 2022). Last year, MTG introduced a resolution to impeach Biden for his decision to sell oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China and other nations, while cancelling and barring production of U.S. energy sources. The resolution also accuses Biden of threatening America’s national security.
6. H. Res. 420 (May 18, 2023). In May 2023, MTG introduced a new resolution of impeachment, dealing with the southern border, modeled on her H. Res. 597 resolution from 2021.
Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)
H. Res. 635 (Sept. 10, 2021). Congressman Weber also introduced an impeachment resolution charging Biden with malfeasance in Afghanistan. The resolution charges that Biden deliberately deceived the American people as to the progress of the Afghan war to improve his political capital, leading to the botched withdrawal. The resolution cites a transcript of a phone call between Biden and then-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in which Biden stated, “as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
H. Res. 671 (Sept. 21, 2021). Congressman Gibbs introduced a resolution containing three articles: neglect of the duty to protect the southern border; violation of his duty to execute the laws by extending the COVID eviction moratorium “despite publicly acknowledging it would ‘not pass constitutional muster;’” and the botched Afghanistan withdrawal which strengthened America’s enemies.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
1. H. Res. 680 (Sept. 24, 2021). Also in September 2021, Rep. Lauren Boebert introduced her first resolution which centered around Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. The resolution alleged that Biden’s actions weakened America and strengthened our enemies abroad.
2. H. Res. 503 (June 13, 2023). Rep. Boebert introduced a second resolution this year charging Biden with abuse of power and dereliction of duty in allowing an invasion at the southern border and the entry of large quantities of illegal drugs, including fentanyl.
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
1. H. Res. 1031 (Apr. 5, 2022). In April 2022, Rep. Bill Posey introduced an impeachment resolution focusing on Biden’s refusal to secure the southern border. The resolution alleged that Biden had failed to fulfill his duty under Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution to protect the states from invasion, allowing “known terrorists” to cross the border.
2. H. Res. 426 (May 18, 2023). In May 2023, Rep. Posey introduced another impeachment resolution focusing on Biden’s refusal to secure the southern border.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
H. Res. 1532 (Dec. 27, 2022). As 2022 ended, Rep. Gohmert introduced an impeachment resolution charging Biden with treason. The resolution included a long list of charges, including dereliction of duty at the southern border, providing the Taliban with information that allowed them to target U.S. allies in Afghanistan, extending the unconstitutional COVID eviction moratorium, infringing freedom of the press by barring press access to migrant facilities at the border, infringing the right to keep and bear arms with executive orders that unconstitutionally infringed gun ownership rights, ending a Trump-era ban on Russian and Chinese interests owning portions of the U.S. power grid, and imposing bans on domestic U.S. energy production.
Rep. Andrew Ogles (R-TN)
H. Res. 493 (June 12, 2023). Rep. Ogles’ impeachment resolution first charged that Biden has “obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice,” and “weaponized the Executive Office of the President” to cover the influence-peddling schemes of himself and Hunter Biden. The second article charges Biden for responsibility for human smuggling and drug trafficking across the southern border due to Biden’s willful failure to secure the border.
These seven members of Congress have filed 14 impeachment resolutions containing specific charges. All resolutions were referred to the Judiciary Committee — where they sit, not acted upon. They will only be seriously considered when and if the House Republican leadership decides to take them seriously. Next week, when the House returns from its August recess, we will see if the House Republican leadership makes an impeachment inquiry its first order of business. Then we will know if the Republicans in the House are “the loyal opposition,” or “the real opposition.”
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