House Republicans expressed strong criticism towards Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for her decision to force a vote on impeaching President Biden. While many Republicans are critical of the president, they believe Boebert’s move is premature and undermines ongoing efforts to investigate the Biden family’s business dealings. Speaker Kevin McCarthy urged his party to oppose the impeachment resolution, stating that it hampers the ongoing investigation and lacks a proper process. Despite McCarthy’s advice, Boebert went ahead with the motion, appearing on Steve Bannon’s show to defend her decision.
Boebert argued that committees have not sufficiently addressed the issue and that her resolution would generate enthusiasm among the base. However, McCarthy reminded Republicans that previous impeachments of former President Trump were based on emotions rather than facts. Boebert’s motion, which focuses on Biden’s handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, is expected to be tabled by Democrats, effectively blocking a vote on impeachment itself.
While Republicans have been eager to scrutinize the Biden administration, they believe Boebert’s approach undermines the seriousness of impeachment and replicates the flaws they criticized in the past. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) stated that impeachment should not be treated as a frivolous matter and emphasized the need for substantial evidence before pursuing such a drastic action. Republicans are advocating for regular order and committee involvement to effectively address concerns and hold the administration accountable.
Some Republicans defended Boebert’s strategy, acknowledging her prerogative as an individual member to represent her district. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, argued that regular order includes the ability of individual members to take action according to their constituents’ interests. However, others within the party expressed frustration with Boebert’s move, viewing it as sudden and uncoordinated.
While Republicans remain committed to challenging the Biden administration’s policies, they believe it is essential to proceed with proper investigation and a unified approach. They emphasize the need for substantial evidence before considering impeachment, encouraging a collective discussion within the party to effectively counter the administration’s actions.