Anderson Cooper on Tuesday highlighted how House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) tone has radically changed on impeachment inquiries against sitting presidents.
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Here are the facts:
1. Speaker Pelosi can't decide on impeachment unilaterally. It requires a full vote of the House of Representatives.
2. The House has voted three times on articles of impeachment. Each vote failed.
3. For Dems, this is all about politics. Not about facts.
McCarthy said a similar thing two weeks ago, Cooper noted, with a caption reading “saying one thing, doing another” on screen. McCarthy told right-wing Breitbart News that an inquiry against President Joe Biden “would occur through a vote” on the House floor, Cooper recalled.
On Tuesday though, McCarthy said he was directing House committees to launch the inquiry against Biden — without a vote of the House, which would most likely have failed — in what appeared to be an appeasement of the far-right Republicans who backed his protracted bid to become speaker.
Republicans accuse Biden of corruption in Ukraine, but have yet to offer any compelling evidence ― leading critics to call the inquiry solely political.
Responding to McCarthy’s statement, the White House said House Republicans have “been investigating the President for 9 months, and they’ve turned up no evidence of wrongdoing. His own Republican members have said so.”
“He vowed to hold a vote to open impeachment, now he flip flopped because he doesn’t have support. This is extreme politics at its worst,” a spokesperson added.
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