NEW: Donald Trump Behind MAGA Republican Impeachment Push
September 13, 2023
For months, Donald Trump has been telling his allies in the House to use the same debunked conspiracy theories to push their baseless impeachment inquiry, and more reporting highlights just how Kevin McCarthy has turned the House into an arm of Trump’s presidential campaign.
Trump was actively involved in yesterday’s decision by Speaker-in-name-only McCarthy to ramp up the House GOP’s political games.
New York Times: “Trump Has Been Privately Encouraging G.O.P. Lawmakers to Impeach Biden”
Politico: “Trump privately discussed Biden impeachment with House GOPers”
The Hill: “Trump speaks with Stefanik as GOP moves forward with Biden impeachment inquiry”
Politico: “Donald Trump has been weighing in behind the scenes in support of the House GOP push to impeach President Joe Biden, including talking with a member of leadership in the lead up to Tuesday’s announcement authorizing a formal impeachment inquiry.”
Politico: “On Sunday night, Trump had dinner at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), an ally of Trump and McCarthy. At the gathering, the topic of impeachment was discussed, according to a person familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
New York Times: “Over the past several months, Mr. Trump has kept a close watch on House Republicans’ momentum toward impeaching Mr. Biden. Mr. Trump has talked regularly by phone with members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus and other congressional Republicans who pushed for impeachment, according to a person close to Mr. Trump who was not authorized to publicly discuss the conversations. Mr. Trump has encouraged the effort both privately and publicly.”
HuffPost: “New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman suggested Donald Trump was a driving force behind House Republicans’ newly-launched impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. ‘He is certainly somebody who supports it, is behind it, has been talking about it,’ Haberman told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Tuesday, noting that Trump has been discussing the subject both publicly and behind the scenes.”
House Republicans are exacting political revenge after Trump told them to do so.
Melanie Zanona, CNN: “Meanwhile.. Trump’s patience with Republicans is starting to wear thin: Yesterday, he complained on Truth Social that the House GOP isn’t moving fast enough on a Biden impeachment.
‘Either IMPEACH the BUM, or fade into OBLIVION,’ he wrote.”
Associated Press: “It’s a political escalation, urged on by Trump, after his own two impeachments. … Now, as the Republican party’s frontrunner for the nomination to take on Biden in 2024, Trump has long seethed over his impeachments at the hands of House Democrats. McCarthy has suggested the Trump impeachments could be expunged, as proposed by Stefanik and Greene. But Trump wants Biden to face similar impeachment charges.”
Speaker-in-name-only Kevin McCarthy is following Trump’s orders and even fundraising off this political stunt.
McCarthy: “Today, I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.”
Sahil Kapur, NBC News: “Speaker McCarthy floats an ‘impeachment inquiry’ into President Biden in a text message to supporters, mentioning unproven allegations and adding a link to give money to his political operation.”