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GOP lawmakers file Biden impeachment articles: ‘Not capable of being commander-in-chief

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2021. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
September 22, 2021

On Tuesday, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced three articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, asserting Biden is “not capable of being commander-in-chief” due to his handling of Afghanistan, immigration and the struck-down federal eviction moratorium.

“I take this seriously. I don’t think it’s haphazard. I’m not trying to get media attention for myself,” Gibbs told The Washington Examiner. “He’s done so much damage to this country in less than nine months, which is really scary.”

“He’s not capable of being commander-in-chief, and that’s obvious by the actions since Day One when he took the presidency back in January,” Gibbs continued. “Maybe something like this makes the White House think twice before they do some of this nonsense.”

According to Gibbs, he and the articles’ cosponsors – Reps. Andy Briggs (R-AZ), Brian Babin (R-TX) and Randy Weber (R-TX) – started working on the move prior to the administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, intending to focus primarily on Biden’s border crisis and eviction moratorium.

The border crisis exploded over the weekend as over 10,000 Haitian migrants illegally crossed the Rio Grande River into the United States from Mexico. The staggering number of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. in one weekend adds onto the more than 1 million who have been arrested along the border so far this year.

“If that isn’t violating his oath of office to protect American citizens, our safety, and our welfare, I don’t know what is,” Gibbs said.

In August, the Supreme Court shot down the eviction moratorium that was extended by the White House despite the administration’s acknowledgment that “the bulk of the constitutional scholars say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.” Biden said that the extension would at least “give [renters] some additional time” while the court addressed the issue.

Also in August, Biden rushed the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The chaotic withdrawal and evacuation left 13 U.S. service members dead, as well as thousands of Americans and allies stranded behind enemy lines amid the Taliban takeover.

“Who in their right mind takes troops out before they take out American citizens and our allies?” Gibbs said.

Gibbs recognized that the articles of impeachment likely wouldn’t yield the desired results since the Democrats control the House.  

“Obviously, it’s not going to go anywhere with Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi,” Gibbs told the Examiner. “It shows that there are some Republicans that think that this president needs to be impeached, he needs to be removed from office one way or another.”

“At some point, they’re gonna be held accountable for their actions, and this is kind of putting them on notice,” he added.