Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted last week that Republicans would impeach President Biden if the party gains control of the House midway through 2022 (as is widely expected).
In the latest edition of his “Verdict with Ted Cruz” podcast released last Friday, the senator said he expects House Republicans to retaliate against the Biden administration for the many inquiries the Democrats have launched into the scandal-ridden administration of Donald Trump .
“If we take the House, what I have said is extremely likely, then I think we will see serious investigations into the Biden administration,” said Cruz. He predicted that Republicans could also remove the president “whether it is justified or not.”
“They used him for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they didn’t agree with him,” Cruz said, referring to Democrats. “One of the real downsides to doing this, and it’s something you and I have talked about at length, the more you cock it and turn it into a partisan club, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. “
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Trump is the only president to have been impeached twice. Several former advisers testified during his first impeachment in 2019 that Trump refused Ukraine help in forcing the government of that country to launch a bogus investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter. The then Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit Trump on both impeachment counts, although Senator Mitt Romney joined with the 47 Democrats in voting for a conviction on one count. Trump was dismissed again last year, shortly after leaving office, for inciting assault on Capitol Hill on Jan.6. Although 57 senators, including seven Republicans, voted for the conviction, 10 votes were missing from the required two-thirds majority.
“I said back then, when we have a Democratic president and a Republican house, you can expect impeachment,” Cruz said on the podcast. “That’s not how impeachment is supposed to work. But I think Democrats have crossed that line.”
Cruz claimed that there were “potentially multiple grounds” for considering impeaching Biden.
“Perhaps most compelling is the utter anarchy of President Biden’s refusal to enforce the border,” he said, even though Biden left many of Trump’s controversial border policies in place. “This is probably the strongest reason for impeachment right now, but there may be others,” Cruz continued. “Because the Democrats have decided this is just another tool in the partisan war fund, I think there is a real risk that this turnaround will be fair play.”
Cruz predicted that Republicans have a 90% chance of returning to the House in November. Election analysts generally expect Democrats, who control the House by only a handful of seats, to lose the chamber due to a combination of aggressive Republican gerrymandering, Biden’s low approval ratings, unusual success of the party in 2018 in the red zones during Trump’s tenure; and the blockade of the Democratic Agenda in Congress, in large part due to resistance from “centrist” senators such as Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
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Even if House Republicans remove Biden in revenge, Republicans will not have the 67 votes required to convict in the Senate. Despite his optimism that the GOP will return to the House, Cruz acknowledged that it will be more difficult for the party to regain control of the Senate.
“It’s a bad card,” said Cruz, with more Republicans defending vulnerable seats than Democrats.
In fact, Republicans aren’t even waiting for a legitimate chance to impeach Biden. Representative Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio and three other House Republicans deposit articles of impeachment in September, seeking to remove Biden from office for his border policy, his withdrawal from Afghanistan and his extension of the deportation ban in the event of a pandemic. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., deposit similar articles of impeachment last summer. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Went further in September, presentation articles of impeachment against Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, accusing them of “bringing aid and comfort to America’s enemies and coming to terms with the Taliban” Trump’s plan withdraw from Afghanistan.
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