A newly elected Republican member of Congress has filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden on his first full day in office.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) announced the stunt last week, and followed through on her promise Thursday, Jan. 21, a day after Biden’s inauguration. The Trump loyalist and QAnon conspiracy theorist accused Biden of “abuse of power” while serving as vice president under President Barack Obama.
Greene claimed, without providing evidence, that Biden threatened to withhold a loan to Ukraine while then-prosecutor general Viktor Shokin was investigating the founder of Burisma Holdings. Biden’s son Hunter Biden served as a member of the Ukraine gas company’s board from 2014 to 2019. Greene also accused the former VP of allowing the younger Biden “to siphon off cash from America’s greatest enemies Russia and China.”
“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,” Greene said in a statement. “President Biden residing in the White House is a threat to national security and he must be immediately impeached.”
Both the president-elect and his son have denied wrongdoing. Hunter Biden said last month that he is facing a federal investigation into his taxes, after months of being targeted by the Trump campaign in the 2020 presidential election.
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Fox News previously describe Greene’s effort to impeach Biden as “symbolic,” as Congress is now controlled by the Democratic Party; she would need a majority of the House to bring charges to the Senate. The announcement also breaks with other Republicans who have argued Trump’s second impeachment is divisive at a time when the country needs unity.
The House voted last week to impeach former President Donald Trump, 232-197; ten Republicans voted in favor of the resolution, making it the most bipartisan impeachment in modern times. Greene announced her threat to impeach Biden shortly afterwards, accusing the new U.S. president of “quid pro quo.”
Greene, a political newcomer who just began her first term representing Georgia’s 14th congressional district, had her Twitter account suspended over the weekend for repeating Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud that sparked the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, leading to five deaths and more than 50 police officers injured. She’s also come under fire for allegedly expressing racist views and support for QAnon, a far-right U.S. conspiracy theory centered around the debunked belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring they say is linked to Democrats.
The Daily Beast reports Greene previously repeated false claims the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings were “staged.” In a 2018 Facebook post, she also agreed with a comment that claimed the 9/11 terrorist attack was perpetrated by the U.S. government: “That is all true,” she wrote.
Photos: Scenes from Trump's first impeachment
As the House moves to impeach President Trump for the second time, look back at his first impeachment. The Senate ultimately acquitted Trump after the House impeached him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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