If Joe Biden is breaking a sweat about GOP efforts to impeach him, he certainly didn’t show it today.
“Well, I tell you what, I don’t know quite why, but they just knew they wanted to impeach me,” the president told donors and supporters at a reelection fundraiser in Virginia tonight. “And now, the best I can tell they want to impeach me because they want shutdown the government,” he added of the green light Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave yesterday to an inquiry by House Republicans into “serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct.”
Instantly mocked by most Beltway pundits and surely linked to business deals by Hunter Biden over his father’s long political career, this impeachment is widely seen as a hope to distract the public from the potential shutdown of the government on September 30 if a dozen of appropriations bills aren’t passed and signed by Biden in the new two weeks. On a realpolitik level, the long threatened Biden impeachment seems to be partly a move by McCarthy to save his Speakership from dissenting hardcore members of his caucus and a flex by Donald Trump to show his control over the GOP and to hobble the man who beat him in 2020.
In his first remarks on the impeachment subject, Biden was dismissive of the long time efforts of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and others to start up efforts to remove him from office.
“Everybody always asked about impeachment,” he told the deep-pocket crowd under a tent at the McLean, VA residence of David Frederick and Sophie Lynn, according to pool reports. “I get up every day, not a joke, not focused on impeachment, I’ve got job to do. I’ve got to deal with issues that affect the American people every single solitary day.”
Biden then moved on to other topics and familiar tropes Wednesday of Bidenomics, NATO unity and making a women’s right to choose the law of the land again.
On Tuesday, the White House was a bit more verbose on the subject on impeachment.
“House Republicans have been investigating the President for 9 months, and they’ve turned up no evidence of wrongdoing, said spokesman Ian Sams of what could end up being the fifth impeachment of a president in American history if the MAGA-dominated GOP and their razor thin majority can pull it off to send something to the Senate. “His own Republican members have said so. He vowed to hold a vote to open impeachment, now he flip-flopped because he doesn’t have support. This is extreme politics at its worst.”
If Biden’s impeachment does move forward based on the allegations of “abuse of power, obstruction and corruption,” according to the Bakersfield, CA representing McCarthy, the current president would take an infamous place in the history books with Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. None of the previous impeachments ever resulted in a conviction, including the two times the currently legally challenged former Celebrity Apprentice host was impeached.
Of course, in what is already shaping up to be an election for the history books, 2024 may be the first race in which one candidate is being impeached and the other is facing multiple indictments.