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Republican Senators Express Skepticism Over Potential Biden Impeachment Inquiry

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In a recent development that has ignited discussions on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s potential action of an impeachment inquiry into President Biden were met with mixed reactions from Republican senators.

While some expressed reservations, others were more open to the idea, given ongoing concerns about the Biden family’s business dealings.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) was cautious in his response, highlighting the high threshold required for an impeachment inquiry and stressing the need for solid evidence to support such a move.

Furthermore, Thune suggested that the statements made by House leaders seemed to indicate the existence of evidence, but emphasized the importance of thorough investigation before proceeding with any impeachment proceedings. He urged his fellow Republicans to focus on winning future elections as the primary means to bring about change.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s recent remarks on “Hannity,” have brought the possibility of an impeachment inquiry into President Biden into sharper focus. McCarthy’s statements referenced evidence that has come to light during House committees’ investigations into the president, and he contended that this information might warrant a more extensive inquiry to gather further evidence pertaining to alleged corruption within the Biden family.

Emphasizing the gravity of these claims, McCarthy put forth the argument that an impeachment inquiry could prove the most effective avenue to acquire crucial documents and information related to the case.

Not all Senate Republicans shared McCarthy’s enthusiasm for the idea. Some, like Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), expressed concern over the increasing frequency of impeachment proceedings, implying that it should not become a routine practice.

In addition, Cornyn acknowledged the disturbing nature of the information coming to light about the Biden family but maintained that the Senate’s role in the matter was limited.

Other Republican senators, such as Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and John Kennedy (R-La.), voiced similar reservations about the impeachment process, according to reports from Fox News. They asserted that substantial evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor must be present to justify impeachment. They were cautious about impeaching someone solely based on political disagreements or personal preferences.

It is essential to note that the House has the authority to initiate an impeachment, but removal from office requires a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate. Considering McCarthy’s narrow GOP majority in the House and the Democratic majority in the Senate, the chances of successfully convicting President Biden through impeachment are highly unlikely, akin to the two Trump impeachments.

While Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) expressed openness to the idea of an impeachment inquiry as an investigative tool, particularly due to concerns over the lack of cooperation from the White House, other senators like Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) underscored the importance of their oversight role regarding federal law enforcement.

In conclusion, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s recent comments about a potential impeachment inquiry into President Biden have sparked varied responses from Senate Republicans. While some expressed reservations about the process and the need for substantial evidence, others remain open to the idea of using an impeachment inquiry as an investigative tool.

However, given the political landscape and the significant majority required to remove a president from office, an impeachment conviction remains unlikely. As the situation unfolds, Republican senators are closely monitoring the developments and emphasizing the importance of evidence-based decision-making.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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