Lauren Boebert seeks to force House vote on impeachment of Joe Biden

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives could vote on impeachment of President Joe Biden this week after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) introduced a preferred resolution forcing the issue.

Boebert said Tuesday night that Biden had “consistently violated immigration law by pursuing an aggressive open border agenda. His impeachment resolution could be put to a vote within the next two days.

But Republican leaders objected to the move in a closed meeting on Wednesday, and several lawmakers said they thought it was a bad idea.

“It’s not good for the country, it’s not good for the House,” Rep. Don Bacon, a moderate Republican from Nebraska, told reporters on Wednesday, saying an impeachment resolution would have to go through a committee process before landing on the floor of the House for a vote.

“He’s an individual who I think undermines the team,” Bacon said of Boebert. “Impossession shouldn’t be a frivolous thing.”

Democrats will likely move to table the resolution, which Bacon said he and other Republicans would support. Even if passed by the House, the Democratic-controlled Senate is extremely unlikely to convict Biden of the Boebert charges.

“I think they should be looking at what’s achievable,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Boebert’s resolution, which will briefly interrupt House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s scheduled schedule for the week, follows a minor uprising by Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus against McCarthy for reaching a debt ceiling agreement with the president. Biden last month.

And it follows former President Donald Trump’s indictment on obstruction of justice and unlawful storage of classified documents, which Republicans say reflects a “weaponizing” of the Justice Department against Trump and Republicans.

But McCarthy’s team made it clear in a meeting Wednesday morning that members should vote to table the resolution. “It was the leadership vibe,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) said.

Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) spoke in favor of the resolution, which is similar to one she introduced last month. Greene and Boebert reportedly clashed before.

“I had already introduced impeachment articles on Joe Biden for the border, I asked her to co-sponsor mine, she didn’t, she basically copied my articles and then just presented them and then amended them to a preferred resolution,” Greene said. reporters on Wednesday. “So of course I support them because they are identical to mine.”

Greene said she also supports the removal of FBI Director Chris Wray, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who, according to Greene, persecuted Trump supporters for rioting at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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