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Eeeny Meeny Miny Mo, Who Shall We Impeach for Show?

It's tough having the House majority. After all, the House can impeach any non-legislative government official, but it is so hard to decide which one. On Jan. 21, 2021, the day after Joe Biden was inaugurated, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed an article of impeachment to remove him from office. She alleged abuse of power while he was vice president. More recently, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) also filed an article of impeachment against Biden.

However, not all Republicans agree with that, so for the moment no action has been taken on impeaching Biden. To fill the gap, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), filed House Res. 582. It says: "This resolution impeaches Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas for high crimes and misdemeanors related to his actions regarding border security and immigration." That also doesn't seem to be making much progress, so the target keeps changing.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced a resolution to impeach Secretary of State Tony Blinken for the way the withdrawal from Afghanistan happened, even though: (1) the withdrawal happened due to a deal then-president Donald Trump made with the Taliban and (2) Blinken wasn't involved in the withdrawal much. That was done by the DoD.

The current discussion is about impeaching AG Merrick Garland. The charge would be about not hanging Hunter Biden from the highest tree, or something like that. In reality, Garland intentionally stayed completely away from the Hunter Biden investigation, leaving it in the hands of U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss. But look, when somebody has to be impeached, you can't leave any stone unturned.

Clearly the House Republican Conference believes that since the Democrats impeached one of their guys—twice—they are also entitled to two impeachments to even the score. Only they can't agree on who to impeach and for what. The idea of impeaching Garland seems to be falling flat, as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), not exactly the Democrats' biggest friend in the GOP Conference, said "I don't know of a chargeable crime." He noted that impeaching someone, anyone, is very popular in the hinterlands, but if someone in the Executive Branch is carrying out the president's directives, that isn't really an impeachable offense.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) doesn't really want to impeach anyone because the Democrats would have a field day in 2024 showing how bats**t crazy the Republicans are. The impeachee, whoever it was, would be found not guilty by the Senate within a day and the Republicans would lose their House majority in 2024. That's not what he is looking for. But his members want blood, and he has to put up with them. (V)

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