Rep. Lauren Boebert Brings Articles of Impeachment Against President Biden
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has taken a bold step by bringing her articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden as a privileged motion. This move allows her resolution to bypass a similar one introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) last month, fast-tracking the process.
The Basis for Impeachment: Biden’s Handling of the Southern Border
Both Boebert and Greene center their articles of impeachment on Biden’s handling of the southern border. However, it is worth noting that they have not co-sponsored each other’s resolutions. Let’s take a closer look at the two sets of articles of impeachment against Biden and why Boebert decided to file her own after Greene had already done so.
Greene’s Articles of Impeachment
Greene filed her articles of impeachment last month as part of her “impeachment week,” targeting various Biden administration officials. In these articles, she alleges that Biden has willfully refused to maintain operational control of the border, making it less secure and encouraging illegal entry into the United States. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and others co-sponsored these articles.
Boebert’s Articles of Impeachment
Boebert’s articles of impeachment, filed on June 13, share a similar rationale to Greene’s. They accuse Biden of failing to uphold federal immigration law, violating his oath to the Constitution, and acting in a manner incompatible with the rule of law. Rep. Gaetz and Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ) are original co-sponsors of these articles.
On Tuesday, Boebert notified the House of Representatives of her intent to offer a privileged resolution for the articles of impeachment. This resolution expedites the voting process and bypasses committee deliberations. According to House rules, the legislation should be voted on within two days, even without the approval of House leadership.
Why Separate Articles of Impeachment?
It remains unclear why Boebert and Greene did not file a joint resolution with articles of impeachment. However, it is worth noting that the two congresswomen have had disagreements in the past. Prior to a contentious House speaker vote, they traded jabs, with Boebert alluding to a controversial post made by Greene in 2018. Despite their differences, a spokesperson for Greene has stated that she will support Boebert’s articles of impeachment against Biden.
In a tweet, Greene emphasized that impeachment is “the will of our voters” and urged the GOP to honor that will. She believes that holding those who break the law accountable is the right thing to do for the country.
It is important to note that while three presidents have been impeached by the House of Representatives, none have been convicted in the Senate and removed from office. President Andrew Johnson came closest to being removed, surviving a Senate trial by just one vote.
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