In an effort to "make sure that our leaders are held accountable," freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has already set her personal day-one priority for the upcoming administration — introducing articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden once he takes office.
The move, announced Wednesday night on Twitter and on conservative media outlet Newsmax, has drawn some praise, but also criticism across social media platforms.
The congresswoman said that upon entering the presidency Biden should be charged with abuse of power, specifically pertaining to what she alleges are his and his son's involvement with Chinese and Ukrainian energy companies — some claims of which have been called false by The Associated Press and other independent fact-checkers.
"It's unfortunate that I have to do this, but I'm willing to do it," Greene said in an interview on Thursday with the Times Free Press. "I'm tired of corruption. It's why I ran for Congress. I'm tired of corruption. I'm tired of a federal government and a Congress that doesn't work for the American people and the hard-working American taxpayers in this country.
"Everyone deserves better, and I'm willing to be that person to step up to the plate and take the lead."
She also said that she is currently "in talks with many of our Republican members of Congress" to work on specific details of the articles of impeachment.
Greene's calls follow the historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday by the House of Representatives, which found that he incited a mob of rioters who breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 during the final certification process of Biden's presidency.
Writing in a Twitter post that she is "proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored," Greene cited those same Capitol riots as another motivation for her impending actions.
"I can't imagine people in this country being so fearful of a future of a Biden presidency that they may be willing to commit violence like they did in the Capitol here in Washington D.C.," she said in her interview with Newsmax. "We cannot have that. I do not condone that violence. The American people need hope. They need to know there are Republicans in Congress that are willing to stand up and fight for them."
When asked if she thought it was likely Biden would actually be removed from office — a process that would have to be approved by two Democrat-controlled chambers of Congress — Greene declined to comment on the likelihood, stating rather that he "should" be removed.
"I think he should be removed, and I think the American people should demand it," Greene said. "Nancy Pelosi basically lowered the bar of impeachment to the basement with what she did [Wednesday] leading the efforts for a second time, which was a witch hunt to impeach President Trump when he's guilty of no crime."
Her office specifically pointed the Times Free Press to a 2020 video posted to the White House Facebook page in which Biden recalls telling the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor or risk losing foreign aid, a statement Greene asserted is related to a prosecutor who was actively investigating a company for which Biden's son Hunter served on the board of directors.
According to a fact check by the Associated Press, the comments were taken out of context by Trump as Biden advocated for stricter accountability on corruption in Ukraine, rather than less. Biden's insistence on the firing of the prosecutor who "was widely considered ineffective if not corrupt himself" was also echoed in the the threat by the International Monetary Fund, an organization independent of Biden, to delay aid due to corruption in Ukraine a few months after Biden made the public comments.
The investigation by the prosecutor also focused on years prior to when Hunter joined the company's board, AP noted.
While some say Biden's first full day in office might be too soon to introduce impeachment articles for the 46th president of the United States, others liken the congresswoman's effort to early calls for impeachment of Trump.
Talk circulated about the constitutionality of Trump's business holdings and conflicts of interest, among other things, and an official resolution of impeachment was introduced against Trump as soon as June 2017, a measure by two Democrats that failed in the hands of a Republican-controlled House, 58–364.
Trump was later officially impeached for his first time in December 2019 for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress relating to alleged attempts by the president to seek foreign interference in the 2020 election and was acquitted in February of the next year by the Senate.
Like Trump in the past four years, Greene made headline after headline during the 2020 election season. She has embraced some aspects of the QAnon conspiracy theory and was most recently identified as one of a few Republican lawmakers to refuse to wear masks while she and her coworkers were barricaded together for hours as violent rioters filled the U.S. Capitol last week.
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