A contingent of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced three articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden this week, citing the president's failed handling of the crisis at the southern border, his attempt to extend the federal moratorium on evictions, and his bungled military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Washington Examiner reported.
Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs first introduced the articles on Tuesday and was later joined by Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.) Brian Babin (Texas), and Randy Weber (Texas), who signed on as co-sponsors.
The articles have no chance of advancing in the Democrat-controlled House and likely won't attract much media attention. But Gibbs insists the effort is genuine and hopes the resolution will at least send a statement to the White House.
"I take this seriously. I don't think it's haphazard. I'm not trying to get media attention for myself," Gibbs told the Examiner in an interview. "He's done so much damage to this country in less than nine months, which is really scary."
"He's not capable of being commander in chief, and that's obvious by the actions since Day One when he took the presidency back in January," the lawmaker added. "Maybe something like this makes the White House think twice before they do some of this nonsense."
"Obviously, it's not going to go anywhere with [Democratic House Speaker] Pelosi," Gibbs said. "[But] it shows that there are some Republicans that think that this president needs to be impeached, he needs to be removed from office one way or another."
"At some point, they're gonna be held accountable for their actions, and this is kind of putting them on notice," he continued.
The first article of impeachment claims that Biden "violated his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President" by failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and "willfully releasing thousands of migrants who entered the United States illegally without a date to appear in court for immigration."
In the second article, Gibbs argues that Biden violated the separation of powers by "extending the [eviction] moratorium despite the clear warnings from the U.S. Supreme Court" and without any "legislative directive from the U.S. Congress."
The third and final article charges that Biden "failed to act responsibly as Commander in Chief" with regard to his administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden's bungled evacuation efforts resulted in hundreds of American citizens and thousands of Afghan friendlies being left behind while the Taliban regime took over the country. In addition, 13 U.S. service members lost their lives in a terrorist attack.
"President Biden has abandoned thousands of Americans with the removal of military personnel before American civilians were evacuated, willfully putting their lives at risk," the resolution states.