Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
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Rep. Greene went after fellow Rep. Matt Gaetz over the conservative push to impeach President Biden.
Gaetz on Tuesday said that he “pushed” McCarthy for weeks regarding an impeachment inquiry.
But Greene hit back at Gaetz, accusing him of not being attuned to the issue early enough.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wants it to be known that she was the first to push for impeaching President Joe Biden, chiding fellow Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz for trying to steal some of the credit.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced that he was directing his committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over allegations that the now-president profited off of the business activities of his son, Hunter Biden.
The decision comes as the California Republican has faced mounting pressure over the issue from many members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, who hold immense sway in the narrow Republican House majority. Greene, a Georgia Republican and key McCarthy ally, was previously ousted from the caucus.
Just minutes before McCarthy made his announcement on Capitol Hill, Gaetz remarked on the Biden impeachment inquiry debate, writing on X that he “pushed” for the Speaker to act on the issue. The Florida Republican is close with the caucus, but he is not a member.
“When @SpeakerMcCarthy makes his announcement in moments, remember that as I pushed him for weeks, @kilmeade said I was: ‘Speaking into the wind’ on impeachment. Turns out, the wind may be listening!,” he said.
But Greene, who has pushed for Biden’s impeachment since he first took office, countered Gaetz’s argument on X by accusing the lawmaker of being late to the game in seeking going after the president and his son.
“Correction my friend. I introduced articles of impeachment against Joe Biden for his corrupt business dealings in Ukraine & China while he was Vice President on his very first day in office,” she said. “You wouldn’t cosponsor those and I had to drag you kicking and screaming to get you to cosponsor my articles on the border. Who’s really been making the push?
Earlier on Tuesday, Greene said that the impeachment inquiry “isn’t a tall order,” contending that the House Oversight Committee has “uncovered mountains of evidence of crimes and corruption committed by the Biden family.”
The White House on Tuesday immediately pushed back against GOP efforts to start an impeachment inquiry.
“McCarthy is being told by Marjorie Taylor Greene to do impeachment, or else she’ll shut down the government,” Ian Sams, the White House spokesman for oversight and investigations, wrote on X.
“Opening impeachment despite zero evidence of wrongdoing by POTUS is simply red meat for the extreme rightwing so they can keep baselessly attacking him,” he added.
Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, on Sunday told MSNBC’s Jen Psaki that the “time for impeachment is the time when there’s evidence linking President Biden to a high crime or misdemeanor.”
“That doesn’t exist right now,” he said.
Greene in a recent CNN interview slammed Buck over his stance, remarking that there was an “unbelievable” degree of frustration with the former prosecutor.
“This is the same guy that wrote a book called ‘Drain the Swamp’, who is now arguing against an impeachment inquiry,” she told the network. “I really don’t see how we can have a member on Judiciary that is flat out refusing to impeach. … It seems like, can he even be trusted to do his job at this point?”