Last updated on January 25, 2021 11:45 am
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he spoke with Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.) about her efforts to move impeachment articles against newly-inaugurated President Biden.
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, McCarthy said he disagreed with the first-term lawmaker’s efforts to oust Biden, but that she has a right to pursue impeachment.
“I called her. I disagree with that. That’s exactly what the Democrats did with President Trump, and why we disagreed with when they wanted to come after him for purely political reasons,” McCarthy said. “I think Republicans are better than that. That this is one of the arguments we used against the Democrats, and I don’t think we should use it either.”
“She has a right to, as an elected member of Congress to submit those,” he added, “I just don’t think the timing and the case is right at this time, in this moment.”
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The Georgia lawmaker said Thursday — the first full day of the Biden administration — that she had filed the articles of impeachment.
The text of the articles was not immediately available, but she hinted they accuse Biden of abusing his power while serving as vice president by allowing his son, Hunter Biden, to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
“President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing. President Biden has demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to bail out his son, Hunter, and line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies,” Greene said in a statement.
Biden has denied that his son’s position swayed his policymaking during the Obama administration, and an investigation into the matter by Senate Republicans found no wrongdoing by either Biden.
Greene’s announcement Thursday came after the House voted last week to impeach then-President Trump, making him the first president in history to be impeached on two separate occasions.
The intervention by the House’s top Republican comes as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle look to turn down the political temperature after the Jan. 6 violent riot at the Capitol that resulted in the deaths of several people.
Greene has made a splash on Capitol Hill since she was sworn into office earlier this month. Her candidacy drew national attention after it was revealed that she had made comments in support of the outlandish QAnon conspiracy theory, and she has used her time in Washington to rail against masks and promote disputed claims that the presidential election was marred by widespread fraud.