By
Sarah May
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October 24, 2022
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11:07 pm

GOP Rep. Nancy Mace noncommittal on prospect of Biden impeachment

The prospect of President Joe Biden facing impeachment if Republicans reclaim control of Congress next month has had support in some factions of the party for quite some time, but it appears that GOP Rep. Nancy Mace (SC) is not among those expressing unbridled enthusiasm for the idea, as The Hill reports.

Mace's take on the topic came during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union over the weekend, when she was asked by co-host Jake Tapper whether she believed Biden is guilty of impeachable conduct, something Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) recently suggested to the New York Post was indeed the case.

"That is something that would have to be investigated," Mace replied to Tapper. "I am not interested in retaliation. Impeachment has been weaponized over the years, and we've seen that" she added, presumably referencing Democrat targeting of former President Donald Trump during his time in office.

Late last month, as USA Today noted, Mace told NBC's Chuck Todd during an appearance on Meet the Press, "I believe there's a lot of pressure on Republicans to have that vote and put that legislation forward," but further opined that such a move would be "divisive" and would distract from important legislative business.

However, not everyone in Mace's party agrees with her assessment, as numerous Republicans have already weighed in on the varied grounds upon which they believe Biden can and should be impeached, including matters related to his alleged involvement in son Hunter Biden's questionable foreign business dealings as well as what appeared to many to be his attempt at a quid pro quo arrangement with Saudi Arabia regarding that country's decision to reduce oil production.

Though firebrand GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been introducing impeachment resolutions against Biden almost since the moment he took office, given the present composition of Congress, they have always been essentially symbolic in nature, but with what could prove to be a Republican wave on the horizon in just a matter of two weeks, the issue is now poised to assume new significance.

In March of this year, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), currently the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that the question of a Biden impeachment is "definitely a discussion we need to have," as the Washington Times noted at the time.

Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) has held little back when it comes to voicing his opinion on the president's future, saying in late August, according to The Hill, "I have consistently said President Biden should be impeached for intentionally opening our border and making Americans less safe."

"Congress has a duty to hold the president accountable for this and any other failures of his constitutional responsibilities, so a new Republican majority must be prepared to aggressively conduct oversight on day one," Good added.

New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney has also been outspoken in her support of a Biden impeachment due to what she has referred to as the president's "complete, aggravated dereliction of duty" when it comes to border security.

The specter of impeachment was even raised last year by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) following the administration's calamitous withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, when he declared, "I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he's abandoned thousand of Afghans who fought with us."

Whether sufficient numbers of Republicans – Mace included – might indeed be persuaded to launch impeachment proceedings remains an open question, but as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has aptly pointed out, Democrats pursued Trump for far less serious transgressions than Biden has allegedly committed, and "[t]he more you weaponize [impeachment] and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know, what's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Written By:
Sarah May

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