Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) claimed that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is jeopardizing the economy by initiating an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.
The U.S. Constitution does not mandate a specific process for impeachment, and the House of Representatives, which holds the power to impeach federal officeholders, is not obligated to conduct an impeachment inquiry before adopting articles of impeachment. Thus, it’s possible for articles of impeachment to be introduced without a preceding formal inquiry.
Speaking on MSNBC shortly after McCarthy announced the inquiry, Wasserman Schultz criticized him for pursuing what she termed as “baseless allegations” related to Biden’s actions and the supposed “culture of corruption” associated with his family’s foreign engagements. She inferred that McCarthy and those aligned with the “extreme MAGA faction” were acting on former President Donald Trump’s demands, suggesting that a government shutdown could be at stake.
“This is their motive. They’re capitulating to Trump, letting him wield power over our economic stability. They’re pandering to their most extreme MAGA followers, endangering our economic welfare in the process while acting out of fear,” she asserted.
She continued, “They’re fully aware they’re grasping at straws with no solid evidence. The term’ inquiry’ is just a front. McCarthy suggests proceeding with impeachment because he’s under Trump’s influence.”
Drawing a comparison, Wasserman Schultz highlighted the difference between the Trump impeachment process and the present situation regarding Biden.
“By their admission, they possess no incriminating evidence against Biden,” she remarked. “The House has a formal procedure for an impeachment vote. They’re using the term’ inquiry’ as a prelude to further investigations. After all these months of probing, they still come up empty-handed.
The only plausible explanation for this impeachment move is pressure from former President Trump. It seems they’re operating as an extension of his campaign, appeasing the extreme MAGA supporters. McCarthy’s primary concern appears to be retaining his position, knowing full well any member can challenge his leadership.”