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IN FOCUS – Impeaching Biden Administration Officials

Impeachment with Highways

What do the following Biden Administration officials have in common:  FBI Director Christopher Wray; Attorney General Merrick Garland; Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves?  Answer:  They are all subjects of impeachment resolutions that have been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.  These are in addition to the 14 impeachment resolutions filed against President Biden.

FBI Director Christopher Wray

In May 2023, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced articles of impeachment against FBI Director Christopher Wray — H.Res. 406.  Greene’s statement pulled no punches:

Under Wray’s watch, the FBI has intimidated, harassed, and entrapped American citizens that have been deemed enemies of the Biden regime.  As such, Director Wray has turned the FBI into Joe Biden and Merrick Garland’s personal police force.  The Soviet-style tactics used by the FBI against normal Americans are unprecedented in this country.  [Emphasis added.]

Greene’s articles of impeachment cited the FBI’s targeting of prolife activists such as Mark Houck, its unprecedented raid on former President Trump’s home, its plan to spy on what it calls “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics,” and the FBI-concocted plot to entrap protestors into kidnapping Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

This is the same Christopher Wray who failed to provide meaningful protection for Republican Supreme Court justices when leftists illegally protested at their homes last summer.  When questioned by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) as to his failures, Wray brushed it off as not important enough for the FBI’s time.  “Our agents are … up to their necksenforcing all sorts of laws. And I wish that we were in a situation where every federal violation that occurred in this country was something the FBI could have the resources to investigate,” Wray told Cotton dismissively.  Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has also had it with Wray, telling him just last month:  “We want credibility, integrity restored to the institution, but Director Wray, you have not done that since assuming office.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland

Director Wray’s superior at the Justice Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland, has also faced Republican calls for impeachment.  In July, even former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested that Garland might be impeached.  House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) agreed, stating that “it sure looks like we’re moving … at a pretty quick pace” toward having enough evidence to prove that Garland gave perjured testimony to the House about the DOJ’s Hunter Biden investigation — or lack thereof.

Two resolutions were filed in the last (117th) Congress:  H.Res. 743 by Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA); and H.Res. 1318, by Rep. Greene.  One impeachment resolution has been filed against Garland in the current (118th) Congress:  H.Res. 410 by Rep. Greene.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) assailed Garland for targeting of parents who protest at local school board meetings.   The Federalist website summed up Garland’s performance as follows:  “Under Garland, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been thoroughly politicized and weaponized, transformed into instruments of terror aimed at ordinary American citizens who have the temerity to oppose the Biden administration’s radical agenda.”  Meanwhile, Garland has been “smearing parents who speak out at school board meetings as ‘domestic terrorists.’”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary Mayorkas has the most impeachment resolutions of all Biden lieutenants:  H.Res. 8 by Congressman Patrick Fallon (R-TX); H.Res. 89 by Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ);  H.Res. 411 and H.Res. 477 by Rep. Greene; and H.Res. 470 by Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA).

The first resolution was filed in January by Rep. Fallon for failing to protect the southern border.  The articles blast Mayorkas for failing to maintain “operational control over the border,” and allege that Mayorka “willfully provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony to Congress” and “knowingly slandered his own hardworking Border Patrol agents and mislead the general public.”

Rep. Biggs, who represents another border state, filed articles of impeachment in February against Mayorkas, calling him “the chief architect of the migration and drug invasion at our southern border.”  Biggs continued:

His policies have incentivized more than 5 million illegal aliens to show up at our southern border — an all-time figure.  Instead of enforcing the laws on the books and deporting or detaining these illegal aliens, the vast majority of them are released into the interior and never heard from again.  Thousands of pounds of drugs — including deadly fentanyl — continue to pour across the border unabated….  It’s clear Secretary Mayorkas has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. His conduct is willful and intentional.  He is not enforcing the law and is violating his oath of office.

In filing his resolution, Rep. Higgins (R-LA) asserted that: “Secretary Mayorkas’ deliberate actions to transition DHS away from actual enforcement of law, disintegrate the operational control of our southern border and cede U.S. sovereignty to criminal cartels.”

The Heritage Foundation recently released a lengthy report detailing Mayorkas’ misdeeds and urging his impeachment, explaining that:  “Against the warnings of career border security experts, he has orchestrated policies for the mass release of huge numbers of illegal aliens into the U.S. in violation of law.”

He has also ignored and failed to uphold the mandatory detention and deportation provisions of the immigration laws.  These acts have resulted in the entry of inadmissible aliens and the continued presence of deportable aliens, such as criminals, drug traffickers, human traffickers, and suspected terrorists.

A month before his election as Speaker, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) asserted that Mayorkas “has very obviously failed in his core mission of securing our border and our homeland, and he well deserves to lose his job.”  Hard to disagree with that statement.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves

On May 16, 2023, Rep. Greene filed H.Res. 405, who is not to be outdone on the matter of impeachment resolutions, filed an impeachment resolution against U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves.  Some of the charges were based on his refusal to prosecute 67 percent of the persons arrested by police in 2022, blaming him for increases in the crime rate in D.C.  Other charges surround his diversion of resources to prosecute January 6 protestors, many of whom were nonviolent, to criminalize political dissent.

All of these four Biden appointees are deserving of impeachment and removal.  These and other Biden subordinates have worked mightily to destroy the rule of law and weaponize the federal government against his political enemies.

Last week, Speaker Johnson said a decision will be made “very soon” on whether to push forward with the effort to impeach Joe Biden.  No mention was made about his subordinates, but if Biden is impeached, that likely will take all of the energy House Republicans can muster, and these efforts to remove his underlings will go by the board.  That is not to say that filing impeachment resolutions against these appointees is a wasted effort.  It is important to make a record in the hope that someday we may see that those who abuse their authority will be held accountable.

Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.

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