(DCWatchdog.com) – The U.S. House of Representatives has decided to move forward with a proposal to impeach President Joe Biden, following an attempt by Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy to delay the immediate vote on impeachment.
With a 219-208 vote that fell along party lines, the House referred the impeachment charges against Biden to two of its committees – the Homeland Security Committee and the Judiciary Committee, as reported by The Washington Times.
The charges, formally known as the articles of impeachment, were brought against Biden by U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado. They allege that the President committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” by mishandling security at the U.S. border.
Boebert had initially called for an immediate vote on the issue in the House. However, McCarthy recommended a slower and more detailed approach. The Speaker told reporters that having the committees examine the impeachment charges wouldn’t negatively affect ongoing investigations.
He added, “I think the conference continues to work together [on] all the ideas we want to put forth.”
Boebert herself was pleased with the result of Thursday’s vote. She expressed her support for the new process, stating, “I actually supported this very much. So I am so happy that there’s actually a process that we’re going about, and an impeachment inquiry is beginning now in the Homeland Security Committee.”
She also praised Committee Chairman Mark Green’s plan to incorporate the impeachment inquiry into the work he’s currently doing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. She mentioned Green’s five-stage plan being carried out by the committee, which she was proud of.
The report mentions that some Republican House members were bothered by the fact that Boebert’s resolution could have forced them into voting without a proper investigative inquiry first.
Yet, other representatives like Bob Good, a Republican from Virginia, argued that specific impeachment-related issues like border security and the use of the U.S. strategic oil reserve for political purposes did not need in-depth investigations. He questioned why actions were not taken when McCarthy mentioned in the past, “We would impeach Mayorkas if we had the majority.” Good suggested that impeaching Mayorkas might influence Biden to change his policies.
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The House voted Thursday to send articles of impeachment against President Biden to two committees, after Speaker Kevin McCarthy headed off an immediate floor vote to impeach the president. https://t.co/3HP8uszgAL
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 22, 2023