House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) poured cold water on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) efforts to impeach newly inaugurated President Joe Biden.
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, McCarthy said he spoke with Greene and disagreed with her efforts to remove Biden from office.
“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.”
On Biden’s first day in office, Greene announced that she had filed articles of impeachment against Biden for abusing his power of the office while serving as vice president by allowing his family including his son, Hunter Biden and his brother Jim Biden, to cash in on his name.
Hunter Biden, who held a lucrative position on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma when Joe Biden was vice president, is currently under investigation by the Justice Department, which is probing his finances, including some of his alleged Chinese business dealings.
Last year, emails allegedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop revealed conversations about business with Burisma and a Chinese-owned company in which his father was involved.
Biden has denied knowledge and involvement in his son’s business dealings. The new administration has not yet addressed potential conflicts of interest between members of the Biden family and Biden’s new position as president.
“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.
The impeachment notice comes after the House voted to impeach former President Trump for “incitement of insurrection” last week.
“We don’t need a man serving in the presidency of the United States who is guilty of committing the crime of abuse of power and is under investigation with Hunter Biden’s laptop, his very own son. This is not the direction our country needs to go in and I hope my Republican colleagues agree with me,” Green said in an interview with Newsmax.
“We don’t let criminals serve in our office as president,” she added.