Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has surprised Democrats and they aren’t happy about it.
For most of the year the Republicans have been talking about impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas however, McCarthy switched things up.
While having Democrats focus on defending Mayorkas McCarthy just flanked them with a debate to impeach Merrick Garland.
McCarthy had hinted the idea a month ago but is now going full speed ahead.
However, some Republicans are wavering.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cali) seemed to mock fly over country saying impeaching Garland is “very popular with people in the hinterlands.”
“But the reality is that if someone is faithfully executing the desires and the orders of the president of the United States, then they’re within the bounds of what Cabinet officers do,” he added. “If they’re not faithfully executing the request of the president, then we don’t have to impeach him because they serve at the pleasure of the president.”
Other Republcians want to go in a different direction.
“I was one of the original co-sponsors of the Secretary Blinken impeachment,” Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said. “We ought to take that up first for the incredibly, horribly done withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
However, McCarthy is doubling down.
“When a prosecutor shields his boss’s son from investigators, it smells like a cover-up. Garland’s DOJ did not aggressively follow the money. Why? Are they afraid where that trail ends?” the Speaker of the House said.
“Clearly, someone is not telling the truth, and Congress has a duty to get answers,” McCarthy continued.
“I think he sees the facts now,” Rep. Jim Jordan said of McCarthy. “So it’s quickly [becoming] who are you going to believe? … I’m with the speaker on we need to get to the facts. And if it warrants moving forward with an inquiry we got to do that.”
“That’ll be a decision that in the end will be made by the entire conference,” he added.
Meanwhile all Democrats could say is that there is no proof Garland has done anything wrong.
The change has definitely caught the House off guard but Republicans like Lauren Boaber (R-Colorado) said that she wouldn’t mind impeaching a new Biden official everyday.
“I wouldn’t mind if we had a new one every day,” Boebert said.