Matt Gaetz says 'the quiet part out loud' about true 'purpose' of Biden impeachment
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has said that the House Oversight Committee's Hunter Biden probe may lead to an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. And Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), during a late July appearance on MSNBC, accused McCarthy of pandering to the "craziest" members of his caucus.
Schiff views talk of impeaching President Biden as motivated by partisan politics, not concern for the rule of law. And far-right Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) admitted that a Biden impeachment would be political during a Monday, Aug. 14 Twitter Space event.
If President Biden were impeached, a conviction during a trial in the U.S. Senate would be most unlikely — as Democrats have a small effective Senate majority. Four U.S. presidents have faced articles of impeachment (Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump), and not one of them was removed from office by the Senate. Johnson, Clinton and Trump were found "not guilty," and Nixon avoided a Senate trial by resigning in August 1974.
On Twitter Space, Gaetz argued that although Biden wouldn't be found guilty in an impeachment trial, the event could hurt his chances of reelection in 2024.
Gaetz said, "The purpose of that impeachment, from my standpoint, is not to force a vote that loses. It's to put on a trial in the Senate — and by the way, not for the sake of conviction…. There's no conviction and removal of Joe Biden coming on impeachment. I know that, you know that."
The MAGA congressman went on to say, "If we had the Senate as the stage and the platform for (Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman) James Comer to put on his evidence and advance this impeachment, it will not result in a conviction. But the true verdict can still be rendered by the American people."
The New Republic's Tori Otten, in an article published on August 16, stresses that Gaetz said "the quiet part out loud" when he admitted that the purpose of a Biden impeachment would be to "make him look bad enough that he loses the 2024 election."
Otten warns, "All of the investigations into Biden are absolutely for political purposes. House Republicans have mobilized multiple committees to go after the Biden family. There has yet to be any proof of wrongdoing, but Republicans have used the investigations as excuses to trash Biden, attack policies they don't like such as immigration, and share his son's nude photos. An impeachment inquiry, and certainly a full-on impeachment, would take that governmental weaponization to the next level."
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