Has impeachment become the only way to take any potential abuse of office seriously?

September 13 – The US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy officially requested House committees open impeachment proceedings on President Joe Biden yesterday for his involvement in Hunter Biden’s international business dealings. 

McCarthy has said an impeachment inquiry is the next logical step. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “This president and the family tangled up in quite the mess.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think this does warrant some exploration and investigation. I don’t think impeachment is the avenue and the reason why this is going to be a colossal waste of time and money. Because we know Biden is not going to be removed from office just like the Republicans couldn’t remove Bill Clinton, the Democrats couldn’t remove Donald Trump. They’re going to spend months and millions of dollars and a lot of time on this.”

It’s possible the votes are in the House to impeach Biden. 

Barkdoll contended, “There is no way the votes are in the Senate to convict him and remove him. The reporting yesterday was McCarthy as late as last week said this could never happen without a full vote from the House approving it. Well, it became clear the votes even among Republicans, the votes are not there to impeach Biden. Then you had Matt Gaetz come out yesterday threatening to remove McCarthy as the speaker. So McCarthy has really been pushed into doing this. But again, today’s lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal is saying how impeachment is the new censorship. It’s being abused. Yes, the Democrats did it with Trump. Here we go again. Newt Gingrich is coming out, too, today, warning Republicans that if you look at what happened with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump these things have a way of really backfiring on the House majority. But yet here we go. It seems like we’re going to go down this path now, maybe for many, many months so it spills into next year’s election.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “The shade I will throw for those who say we should do an impeachment inquiry and I don’t disagree with some of the risks that that incurs is that the media isn’t doing its job. They’re not the fourth estate. They’re not being watchdogs. We see obvious, completely different treatment, depending upon whether you support the party or the ideology more accurately, that the media has bought into for whatever reason, because they get money for it, because they get funded by people who believe in this ideology, because they’ve sought that niche to keep alive. Whatever their reasoning, they’re not journalists anymore. There is certainly enough smoke around the Bidens that if the journalists were doing their job, we would be getting exposure of what’s going on with this family. But we don’t get that so I think there’s some people that feel well we have to do something like this because only if the Republicans in the House get a chance to look into this stuff, will it be exposed at all and not exposing what seems to be obvious abuse of office, minimally, to make money for the family, which is an impeachable offense, regardless of what you think about impeachment. I blame the media, the journalists for why many feel backed into this corner.”

Barkdoll pointed out, “I just don’t know why the House Republicans, they could do similar inquiries and investigations with specially appointed oversight committees. They would have that authority. Impeachment, of course, gets to be on a much bigger scale. But again, I would say just like with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, we know nothing is going to come of this. I mean, there’s no way the votes are in the Senate to remove Biden from office and when you look at it from that perspective, you think here we’re going to spend all this time and money and we can predict from square one that there’s just nothing that’s going to come out of this.”