House Republicans Privately Beg Trump To Help Them Impeach Biden

House Republicans Privately Beg Trump To Help Them Impeach Biden

When he hasn’t been advocating the re-invasion of Afghanistan or fundraising off of President Joe Biden’s troop withdrawal, the ex-president has been fielding phone calls from members of Congress trying to gin up support in the U.S. House for impeaching his successor. In recent weeks, Trump has talked to multiple GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss their progress—or lack thereof—on impeaching Biden over last month’s tumultuous, violent withdrawal from the Afghanistan war, according to two Republican sources with knowledge of the situation.

One of the sources said most of the conversations have been initiated by lawmakers themselves, as they try to recruit the former president to publicly support various legislative attempts to embarrass Biden, either by impeachment of him, members of his administration, or by invoking the 25th Amendment.

And yet, Trump has been somewhat resistant to attach his name to these efforts.

The twice-impeached former president has been prolific in calling for Biden to “RESIGN,” and has repeatedly fundraised off of the demands. For now, however, Trump has been less eager to publicly back an impeachment drive on the Hill, or to even acknowledge that his GOP allies in Congress have talked to him about it.

Reached for comment on Tuesday night, Trump’s spokeswoman Liz Harrington said that “this is totally false,” that the ex-president has privately discussed a potential Biden impeachment.

Still, the knowledgeable sources said Trump has privately supported some of the efforts to remove Biden, even as he’s stayed mostly quiet on impeachment, specifically.

Republican lawmakers have increasingly been moving forward with efforts to remove Biden—or at least signal to conservative voters that it’s their intention to take down the president.

On Tuesday, members of the House Freedom Caucus held a press conference outside of the Capitol to push for a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley should resign over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“We call upon, most somberly, the resignation of this president, Joe Biden,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said Tuesday.

The resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), said calling for the resignation was “the appropriate step prior to pursuing impeachable offenses, which ha[ve] occurred.” And Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said that, if there were any Republicans who have doubts about impeachment, “know that you will be facing your own primaries, and no amount of precious money will be able to save you from the uprising of the American people who demand we do something now.”

Freedom Caucus members Andy Harris (R-MD) and Ralph Norman (R-SC) have also authored articles of impeachment against Secretary of State Antony Blinken over his role in the Afghanistan withdrawal, and Biggs previously offered articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over undocumented immigrants crossing the border.

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