McCarthy needed to thread the needle on Boebert’s resolution. But he too was unimpressed with the gambit by the Colorado Republican.
“You just don’t flippantly put something on the floor,” said McCarthy. “You follow the investigation wherever it takes you.”
McCarthy then met with Boebert.
“I don’t think that my actions are flippant,” Boebert said afterward. “I believe they are very intentional.”
McCarthy wasn’t going to let Boebert’s impeachment resolution go to the floor. He also didn’t want to expose vulnerable Republicans to a scenario where they voted to table the impeachment resolution and then faced criticism from conservative constituents in their districts. However, McCarthy wanted to block Democrats from tabling the resolution as well.
To handle Boebert’s impeachment resolution, McCarthy crafted a special provision. The House would vote on a “rule” to send the impeachment measure to the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees. The extent of investigation by those committees would then be up to them. McCarthy’s plan kept Boebert’s resolution alive while shielding anti-impeachment Republican lawmakers from being criticized for dismissing her effort.
In addition, lawmakers like Fitzpatrick and Bacon got their wishes. Committees could continue to investigate President Biden, with the possibility of impeachment.
“The timeline of our investigation is pretty much in our heads,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn. “We kind of know the pathway.”
Boebert stated that she would like to see the House impeach President Biden by the end of the year. If there was ever a hesitation that the articles are not coming to the floor, she vowed to ensure that it happened, even if it meant introducing another privileged resolution.
“We have to be ready to vote for any number of fanciful ideas that the House Republican Conference comes up with,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar, D-Calif. “They are trying to out-MAGA and out-extreme each other.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., also expressed her intention to impeach President Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Washington, DC, U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves.
However, Greene and Boebert engaged in an animated conversation on the House floor, with Greene accusing Boebert of stealing her impeachment idea.
When asked about the confrontation, McCarthy downplayed it as a “discussion.” However, Boebert chose not to provide her side of the story and simply walked away from reporters.
Source Fox News