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US Republican lawmakers plan to push vote for Biden's impeachment

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., at the US Capitol on March 22. (AP File Photo)

A Republican US Congresswoman has introduced articles of impeachment against US President Joe Biden that is set to force a House floor vote in the coming days.

The impeachment articles, submitted by Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert on Tuesday, focuses on Biden's handling of immigration and the US-Mexico border, amid reports about court filings revealing a plea bargain for Biden's son, Hunter, over misdemeanor tax offenses and a felony firearm crime.

"President Biden's negligence of duty has resulted in the surrender of operational control of the border to the complete and total control of foreign criminal cartels putting the lives of American citizens in jeopardy," Boebert said on the House floor Tuesday.

Bobert further insisted that, unlike other impeachment efforts, hers would use a procedural tactic that would require the House to hold a floor vote.

"I am bringing my articles of impeachment against Joe Biden to the House Floor in a privileged motion, meaning that every Member of Congress must vote on holding Joe Biden accountable," Boebert added in a Twitter post.

US House Representative Katherine Clark, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in an email Tuesday night to her colleagues that "the House is expected to vote on the proposed resolution this week."


The six-page impeachment resolution argues that Biden has abused his power and abdicated his duties as president, leading an administration that has "continuously, overtly, and consistently violated Federal immigration law by pursuing an aggressive, open-borders agenda."

Boebert, who sought to impeach Biden in 2021, accuses him of "deliberately and knowingly" releasing millions of immigrants into the United States "without the intention or ability to ensure that they appear in immigration court to face asylum or deportation proceedings."

Republicans in Congress and some Democrats have criticized Biden for his handling of southern border crossings and have repeatedly opposed efforts to wind down the Trump-era policy known as Title 42, which was repealed last month.

Demands by several prominent Republicans to impeach Biden have been raised on multiple occasions, according to a report by Newsweek magazine last year, which noted that most recently conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for the impeachment of the US president following a report by the Washington Free Beacon claiming that the Biden administration had sold a million barrels of oil to a Chinese state-owned gas company.

Among the Republican lawmakers frequently demanding Biden’s impeachment is far-right Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene, who introduced her impeachment articles in 2021, arguing that Biden has abused his presidential power to help his son Hunter facilitate shady business deals with China.

The development comes as polls show that more than half of US citizens disapprove of the incumbent president's performance in the Oval Office.

Impeachment articles can be passed by a simple majority in the House but need a two-thirds majority in order to pass the Senate and be enforced. However, it is unlikely that the Republicans can muster enough votes to make it happen.

Biden's predecessor Donald Trump was impeached twice by majority Democratic House lawmakers during his tenure but was acquitted by the Senate in both cases.

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