Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden on Thursday, echoing former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims accusing Biden of abuse of power over his diplomatic push in Ukraine and his son’s overseas business dealings.
Greene, who has espoused QAnon conspiracy theories and suggested the Parkland school shooting was a fake “false flag” event, filed the articles of impeachment without any support from her own party.
The articles allege that Biden improperly pressured Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor for his own gain even though the firing came after a coalition of western governments accused the prosecutor of corruption. They also allege that Biden improperly helped his son Hunter get business deals even though there is no evidence of that or any evidence that Biden himself profited from any of his son’s deals.
Greene regurgitates conspiracy theories:
"President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency,” Greene said in a statement. “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.”
Hunter Biden sat on the board of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, a job he appears to have gotten because of his last name, but there is no evidence that he did anything illegal or was under any investigation.
“President Biden is even on tape admitting to a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government threatening to withhold $1,000,000,000 in foreign aid if they did not do his bidding,” Greene said. “President Biden residing in the White House is a threat to national security and he must be immediately impeached."
Greene’s reference to “his bidding” was a push by Biden to fire the chief prosecutor, who was accused of taking bribes and looking the other way on corruption cases.
Actual impeachment moves forward:
While Greene’s move is more of a publicity stunt than an actual attempt to remove the new president, the Senate is gearing up to begin its second trial of Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday, meaning the trial would likely begin on Tuesday unless the two parties reach an alternative deal.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has pushed to delay the trial to February to allow Trump to find lawyers willing to represent him and prepare his defense. Republicans have threatened to halt confirmations of Biden’s Cabinet picks if the trial moves forward this month.