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Matt Gaetz warns Kevin McCarthy impeaching Biden might NOT save him: Firebrand Republican vows to lead ‘resistance’ against Speaker – and ramps up his war over spending cuts


Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has a warning for Speaker Kevin McCarthy: Launching an impeachment inquiry to appease the right won’t save you.

“I’ve already fallen for this mirage,” Gaetz said of the recently announced impeachment inquiry.

The Florida Republican recalled the time McCarthy visited the southern border to “shed light” on attempts to impeach Sec. Alexander Mayorkas.

“Clearly, McCarthy wasn’t serious about impeaching Mayorka,” Gaetz said.

“The first thing that happens is Kevin McCarthy worries about losing power, as he did in January and as he has in recent weeks as I have increased the pressure on him , and then the second thing he does indicate that there will be an impeachment proceeding or an impeachment investigation coming, and the reality is that to date, that has only been a slow boat to China. This was not authentic, nor sincere, nor robust.

Congress has returned from recess and is now at critical time to pass 12 separate spending bills before the September 30 deadline – which would be nothing short of a miracle given that both chambers must then meet and agree on all bills.

“I’ve already fallen for this mirage,” Gaetz said of the recently announced impeachment inquiry.

McCarthy announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden on Tuesday.

McCarthy announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden on Tuesday.

It seems increasingly likely, McCarthy admits, that Congress will have to push the deadline later and pass a continuing resolution to keep spending at fiscal 2023 levels for a while while they discuss the details of spending bills for the fiscal year. 2024.

If the House and Senate never reach agreement on spending levels for 12 separate spending bills, they could pass an omnibus bill, a catch-all bill that sets funding levels for all departments at the same time.

If Congress passes a continuing resolution that lasts until January, as part of the Biden-McCarthy debt deal, an automatic 1% reduction across the board would take effect.

But conservatives in the GOP conference balk at the idea of ​​keeping spending at 2023 levels — set last year when Democrats controlled the House.

Gaetz told reporters on a press call that it would be a “shot, hunter”: If McCarthy tried to introduce a continuing resolution (CR), he would immediately launch an effort to impeach him.

“Continuing resolution, motion to quash,” Gaetz said, referring to the process that allows any member to request a vote to impeach the speaker.

Meanwhile, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) held a press conference Tuesday to urge leaders not to go the CR route.

“We are not interested in a continuing resolution,” said HFC President Scott Perry. “We’re not going to vote for it.”

Perry called the impeachment inquiry “long overdue” but said it would not protect McCarthy from possible attempts to remove him in the future.

“No, not at all,” Rep. Andrew Clyde said when asked if the impeachment inquiry calms talk of ousting the speaker over other concerns.

Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., a member of the Freedom Caucus, warned Gaetz against making threats against the speaker.

“Let me say that my colleagues should think carefully before venturing down this path,” he told DailyMail.com.

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., has suggested he would support the motion to release Gaetz if it comes up. “I certainly agree that the speaker violated the agreements made in January.”

If McCarthy introduced a continuing resolution, he would need the votes of some Democrats to pass it to offset conservative deviations. But if Gaetz voted to oust McCarthy, he would need Democratic votes to make up for conservatives who don’t vote to impeach McCarthy.

“If we must begin each day in Congress with prayer, commitment and the motion to resign, so be it,” Gaetz said, emphasizing that he was “serious” about impeaching the president.

Conservative gripes against McCarthy focus not only on fears that the House GOP won’t pass 12 separate spending bills, but also on a list of so-called promises McCarthy allegedly made to his right-wing detractors in exchange for their vote for his presidency in 2017. January.

Gaetz insisted that McCarthy failed to deliver on those promises.

“McCarthy has failed to deliver on his promises on individual spending bills, on sufficiently robust oversight, on term limits and on balanced budgets,” he said.

“McCarthy can immediately propose a vote on term limits. McCarthy can propose a vote on a balanced budget amendment as soon as he is required to do so under this agreement. McCarthy could immediately release the full dates for January 6. This doesn’t require a vote. I mean, these are things that he has the power to do. And now we need answers as to why we’re here on September 30, without just spending bills. expenditures on a single subject have been presented.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., accused Gaetz of threatening to work with Democrats to oust the president — and said impeaching McCarthy would slow down investigations into Biden.

“If we leave our Republican president by working with the Democrats to expel our Republican president. And then what’s the plan to replace him?” she said in an interview with DailyMail.com.

Republicans are investigating President Biden's involvement in the Biden family's foreign business dealings.

Republicans are investigating President Biden’s involvement in the Biden family’s foreign business dealings.

“How are we going to continue our impeachment inquiry that our Republican President Kevin McCarthy just announced? So instead of burning it all down, how can we move forward and get anything done while my good friend Matt Gaetz is working with the Democrats to expel our Republican president?

McCarthy formally announced an impeachment inquiry against President Biden on Tuesday morning — a move he said will give more weight to House GOP investigations into the Biden family’s business deals.

So far, Republicans have largely supported the investigation. Even Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., who initially said an impeachment inquiry would be “theater,” called it a “good decision” Tuesday.

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