The heat continues to build against President Joe Biden over his administration’s handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and on Friday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) took the serious step of introducing three impeachment resolutions against the commander in chief, as Fox News reports.
The conservative firebrand lawmaker first assailed Biden for “dereliction of duty,” arguing that the president “failed to secure the extraction of thousands of American civilians and Afghan Allies,” and that he also effectively “armed our enemies” by permitting massive amounts of military equipment and machinery to fall into the hands of the Taliban.
Though the crisis in Afghanistan was likely the most immediate tipping point in Greene’s decision to once again introduce impeachment resolutions against the president, something she also did back in January, it was not the only serious offense she believes has been committed by Biden during his seven months in office.
The other two resolutions introduced by Greene last week relate to Biden’s management of the migrant crisis at the country’s southern border and his decision to extend a pandemic-related residential eviction moratorium despite a recent Supreme Court decision that deemed the matter one for the legislative, not the executive, branch.
As the Washington Examiner noted, in explaining her belief that Biden deserves removal from office, Greene declared in a statement, “In seven short months, Joe Biden has caused America to lose the respect of the entire world. The evidence is clear and his actions are so egregious that he must be impeached.”
Greene continued, “We are a nation in distress. Our foreign allies and even our own citizens can no longer trust our government in the hands of Joe Biden. It’s the duty of Congress to hold the president accountable when he puts our nation at risk and ignores the rule of law.”
Though there has not yet been a huge groundswell of discussion from Republicans on the question of impeaching the president, there have been some signals of openness to the idea from some surprisingly prominent figures, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) telling Fox News, “If Biden takes an illegal action, we would move impeachment. But we’re not going to move impeachment for political purposes.”
In further potential bad news for Biden, longtime Senate colleague Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned last week, “If we leave one American behind. If we don’t get all those Afghans who stepped up to the plate to help us out then Joe Biden, in my view, has committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached.”
As the Aug. 31 deadline for completion of the U.S. troop withdrawal rapidly approaches – extensions of which the Taliban have said will not be tolerated – it remains to be seen whether the Biden administration will succeed in achieving a timely evacuation of every American who wishes to leave Afghanistan, and a failure in that regard will likely amplify impeachment calls well beyond those issued by Greene.