GOP Debating Whether or Not to Impeach Merrick Garland

( – House Republicans have been eyeing senior Biden administration officials and wondering if any of them are prime targets for impeachment. That step might have taken a big step forward after the House speaker suggested launching an inquiry into Attorney General Merrick Garland. The Attorney General has angered many Conservatives, who suspect he’s abused his position to help the Biden family. That makes taking him down an attractive option for them.

In late June, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sent a tweet referencing a whistleblower inside the IRS who claims the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings has been “mismanaged” — and hinting that an impeachment investigation could be in the cards. Then, in a July 12 op-ed for Fox News, McCarthy took more careful aim, revealing his target was Garland. Warning that “When a prosecutor wants to protect the boss’ son more than the country, we’ve got a problem,” he claimed that under the Biden administration, US justice is no longer blind or equal.

Now GOP representatives are discussing whether they should back up McCarthy and start the process of investigating Garland, with the aim of finding a clear offense he can be impeached for, or whether to focus on someone else. Many conservative legislators would like to impeach controversial Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas; others think Secretary of State Anthony Blinken should face repercussions for his role in the bungled US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The most ambitious hope they can indict Biden himself.

Will McCarthy get his way, or will his congressional colleagues go for another target?

There’s no doubt Republicans don’t like Garland. He’s a key figure in the alleged “weaponization” of the Justice Department by the current administration, and whistleblower claims that he interfered to protect Hunter Biden have caused a lot of anger. However, some lawmakers still think there are higher priorities. Things could be swinging McCarthy’s way, however. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says, “I’m with the speaker.” Jordan’s support could be enough to start the process of removing Garland.

Copyright 2023,