In news that may come as a frustrating disappointment to some conservatives, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) indicated on Sunday that he is not – at least for now – feeling a sense of urgency when it comes to the possibility of impeaching President Joe Biden, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo in an interview that aired over the weekend, McCarthy explained that he is loathe to use the impeachment process as a partisan cudgel in the same manner Democrats did during former President Donald Trump’s time in office.
“Look, one thing we learned that the Democrats did is they used impeachment for political reasons,” the Republican leader declared. “We believe in the rule of law. We’re not going to pick and choose just because somebody has power. We’re going to uphold the law.”
McCarthy took pains to assure supporters, however, that if Biden is found to have engaged in conduct worthy of potential removal, appropriate action would be taken.
“At any time, if someone breaks the law and the ramification becomes impeachment, we would move towards that, but we’re not going to use it for political purposes,” McCarthy vowed. WATCH:
McCarthy’s laissez-faire approach to a potential impeachment of Biden, however, stands in stark contrast to opinions recently voiced by prominent conservative voices including that of Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt, who believes that the current president’s dereliction of duty in the area of immigration alone meets the threshold for that process.
Hurt recently explained to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that in his estimation, Republicans need to start making the case for impeachment on the issue of immigration ahead of the midterm elections “so that when they win in November, they will have a greater mandate, an important mandate.”
Should the GOP reclaim control of the lower chamber this fall, and if McCarthy ascends to the speaker’s chair as many expect, it will be worth watching to see whether the party will accept the California congressman’s hands-off attitude on impeachment, or side with the likes of Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH), who recently said of the prospect of proceedings against Biden that it is “a discussion we need to have.”