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GOP Lawmakers Admit Comer’s Impeachment is a “Parade of Embarrassments,” “More Aspirational than the Evidence Really Allowed,” “Not Going Anywhere Substantive”

Apr 29, 2024

Why are the Biden 17 still going along with this baseless impeachment stunt?

Welcome back to another Congressional Work Period where Oversight Chair James Comer and MAGA House Republicans continue to push their evidence-free impeachment inquiry. After a year and a half of failure, Republican lawmakers finally admit that Comer has failed to present any evidence of wrongdoing by the President. 

Meanwhile, the Biden-17 have been silent. See them in the halls this week? Ask them if they agree that impeachment has been “a parade of embarrassments,” “not going anywhere substantive” or if Comer’s claims of wrongdoing were “more aspirational than the evidence really allowed.” 

GOP lawmaker: “I think early on, the most important thing to do is to let the evidence lead the investigation. And I think some of the earlier statements got a little more aspirational than the evidence really allowed.” [CNN, 4/24/24]

GOP lawmaker: “[Comer] seemed to think he had a lot of stuff that just seemed to indicate some things that needed to be investigated. I don’t know what happened.” [CNN, 4/24/24]

One House Republican: “I don’t see it going anywhere substantive.” [Axios, 2/23/24]

One House Republican Lawmaker: “It’s been a parade of embarrassments.” [The Messenger, 1/24/24]

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA): “There’s nothing that’s come up so far that makes me think that this thing’s anything close to ready for a vote, meaning that I have not seen any impeachable offenses. […] Have I seen fire and clear violations of law or anything that again, remotely approaches an impeachment threshold? No, in regard to the president.” [NBC News, 3/4/24]

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) “‘there’s not evidence to impeach.’” [The Messenger , 12/12/23]

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX): When asked if he could name any evidence of corruption, Gonzales replied, “I don’t dive into that piece of it too much. That’s not what, what, um, what, I guess, gets me… going on it.” [CNN, 12/13/23, VIDEO]

Rep. John Curtis (R-UT): “My bar for impeachment is incredibly high… For me it’s all about is there an impeachable offense and is there evidence of an impeachable offense.” When asked if he has seen anything that comes close to that bar, he replied: “No.” [Forbes, 12/2/23, VIDEO]

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI): When asked on Fox Business if she could identify any evidence of corrupt policy decisions President Biden made in connection with alleged money laundering, McClain replied, “The short answer is no…” [Fox Business, 11/28/23, VIDEO]

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): “I don’t believe that we are endeavoring upon a legitimate impeachment of Joe Biden. ” [NBC News, 10/6/23]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): McCaul admitted on Fox News that “we don’t have the evidence” to support impeaching President Biden. [Fox News, 9/17/23, VIDEO]

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): “There has to be an aha moment… The actual participation (in Hunter’s deals) by the vice president and now president – that still has to be discovered and or nailed down. […] the actual participation by the vice president and now president—that still has to be discovered and/or nailed down, either for direct participation or knowing participation or receipt of funds.” [CNN, 9/14/23]

Rep. David Joyce (R-OH): “[I’m] not seeing facts or evidence at this point.”  [Forbes, 9/11/23]

Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-NC): “I’ve heard over and over that President Biden has not been implicated or proven for any wrongdoing here, and I acknowledge that.” [C-SPAN, 7/19/23, VIDEO]