House Republicans Turn On Speaker McCarthy

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( – On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) forecasted what moves could be taken for the House to proceed with President Biden’s possible impeachment. He also issued a warning to Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

McCarthy has recently faced some opposition from moderate GOP House Representatives who have argued that there is not sufficient evidence for an impeachment inquiry to be opened into President Biden over his connection to his family’s foreign business activities during his time serving as the U.S. Vice President in the Obama administration.

Gaetz noted during an interview with conservative radio host Todd Starnes that in January he had worked hard in order for House Republicans to have a toolkit created that could help them take productive action. He argued that thus far, that toolkit has not been used as effectively as it could have been. This is a reference to the historic 15-ballot election that took place for McCarthy to be elected the House Speaker.

Gaetz pointed out that next week the House was going to resume its sessions in Washington, and that it was time for the GOP to “seize the initiative.” As he stated this would mean forcing an impeachment vote even if McCarthy opposes it. He added that if McCarthy stands in the way then it is possible for him to stop being the Speaker soon.

In January as part of the concessions McCarthy made to win the Speakership, he agreed that the threshold for a motion to vacate was going to be reduced to a single member rather than five. This means that if Gaetz wanted to he could force a vote like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) had done in June to have her resolution that would impeach Biden over his mishandling of the southern border, voted on.

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