Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert has found a way to outshine other Republican members of the House demanding the impeachment of Joe Biden — demanding not just the impeachment of Biden, but the next three people behind him in the line of succession.
Boebert, who has said he hopes the QAnon conspiracy theory is “real,” issued the demands at a news conference at the Capitol with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a day after the last U.S. troops left Kabul after a chaotic eviction.
“The blame starts at the top with Biden and his hand-picked vice president, who bragged that she was there and made the same bad decisions,” she said, pointing to Vice President Kamala Harris’ statement that she was the last person in the office. when Biden decided to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan.
“And if it wasn’t for her own dereliction of duty, she would have to be impeached for not demanding that we invoke the 25th Amendment,” the Colorado Republican continued. “It’s time to act, impeach Biden, impeach Kamala Harris, and throw in the Secretary of State, if you can get him back from vacation, vote to clear the seat to get Nancy Pelosi out of here,” she said. .
Representative Lauren Boebert calls for impeachment of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Antony Blinken over Afghanistan — and also wants to use lawsuit to oust Speaker Nancy Pelosi
She referred to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows the vice president and cabinet members to vote to remove a president who is unable to perform their duties.
Biden selected Harris as his round, but the choice was confirmed by the Democratic National Convention and her name appeared on ballots across the country.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who told the nation on Monday that there are fewer than 200 Americans in Afghanistan and ready to leave, was vacationing in the Hamptons shortly before the fall of Kabul. Washington Post reported.
Boebert said Vice President Kamala Harris should be impeached for not invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Biden for being unfit
She also wants to impeach Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was reportedly on vacation when Kabul fell
Attempts to impeach Biden will go nowhere while Democrats control the House, but will pick up steam if the GOP takes over
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) faces pressure from his own party to crack down on Biden amid mounting calls for the president to be impeached
The Freedom Caucus, of which Boebert is a member, has already written a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling on him to file a motion to “leave the chair,” which would could lead to a vote that would lead to Pelosi’s removal.
They called to use the procedure to end Pelosi’s “authoritarian” rule in July after she thwarted two Republican selections from a select committee during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
But to get the move “privileged” consideration, the GOP conference would have to back it.
The bigger obstacle is Democratic control of the house, which would presumably thwart any action by the GOP to remove the speaker. That makes any attempt to impeach Biden largely symbolic for now — though all that could change if Republicans gain control after the 2022 election.
If Boebert’s moves were successful in the 50-50 Senate, the next in line would be Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, 81, the Senate president pro tempore.
The Afghan Air Force’s A-29 attack planes are pictured while armored vests lie on the ground in a hangar at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US pulled all its troops out of the country to put an end to it. to a brutal 20-year war
Boebert wants House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. remove
House Republicans demanded a vote Tuesday on legislation that would keep US troops in Afghanistan until all Americans were rescued, a day after the Pentagon announced the last soldier had flown out of the Kabul airport.
About 20, including veterans of the Afghan war, attended a short House session during the chamber’s summer recess in a failed attempt to pass a bill that would delay the withdrawal.
Afterward, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said the bill would ensure that a Taliban government was not recognized and there was a plan to rescue as many as 200 Americans who were left behind, according to the State Department.
“Never in my life would I ever believe that America would have a government, knowingly, making a decision to leave Americans behind,” he said.
“Speaker Pelosi was not the time to pretend you couldn’t see us on the floor. This was not the time to hide.
‘We were an equal industry. Now is the time for leadership in Congress, and we will lead.”
The five-minute pro forma session includes a moment of silence for the 13 servicemen who died in the suicide bombing in Kabul last Thursday.
The House was then adjourned, much to the ire of Republicans who wanted to vote on rep. Mike Gallagher’s bill to delay the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
It would have banned the troop reduction until all Americans and green card holders were evacuated unless they faced “imminent hostilities.”
A day earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted that American citizens had been left behind in Afghanistan.
“We think there are still a small number of Americans – under 200 and probably closer to 100 – who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave,” he said.
Negotiations are underway with other countries to develop a way out of Afghanistan, President Biden said in a statement.
“I have asked the Secretary of State to lead ongoing coordination with our international partners to ensure safe passage for all Americans, Afghan partners and foreigners seeking to leave Afghanistan,” he said.
The president is expected to return to the theme when making comments on Tuesday afternoon.
But Republicans have kept a steady stream of angry criticism over the decision to stick to a random timeline when Americans remain in danger.
“It’s time for Congress to act because the government is screwing up this withdrawal,” Gallagher said.
“This is a matter of life and death. We don’t leave our people behind.’
The House won’t meet until Sept. 20, and Pelosi’s office said the bill would resemble “the tying of the hands of the commander in chief.”
“President Biden ended the longest war in US history, while minority leader McCarthy spent the week self-promoting the safety of US soldiers who risked their lives to evacuate more than 120,000 from a war zone,” Pelosi’s office said in a statement. a statement. The hill.
At the same time, McCarthy faces pressure from his own party to crack down on Biden amid mounting calls for the president’s impeachment.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus discussed at a meeting last week whether they endorsed the call for Biden’s impeachment, according to Politics.
But with Republicans outnumbered in the House and with Vice President Kamala Harris sitting next to the White House, some have reservations.
A source said: ‘Doing nothing is not an option right now.’