Matt Gaetz warns Kevin McCarthy impeaching Biden might NOT save him

Matt Gaetz warns Kevin McCarthy impeaching Biden might NOT save him: Firebrand Republican vows to lead ‘resistance’ against Speaker – and ramps up his war over spending cuts

  • ‘I’ve fallen for this mirage before,’ Gaetz said of the newly announced impeachment inquiry
  • Gaetz told reporters on a press call that it would be ‘shot, chaser’ — if McCarthy tries to put up a CR, he would immediately launch an effort to remove him

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has a warning for Speaker Kevin McCarthy: launching an impeachment inquiry to appease the right wing won’t save you. 

‘I’ve fallen for this mirage before,’ Gaetz said of the newly announced impeachment inquiry. 

The Florida Republican recalled when McCarthy went to the southern border to ‘gaslight’ about attempts to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas

‘Obviously McCarthy wasn’t serious about Mayorkas impeachment,’ Gaetz said. 

‘The first thing that happens is that Kevin McCarthy gets worried that he’s going to lose power, like he did in January, and like he has in the recent weeks as I’ve been mounting pressure on him, and then the second thing he does indicate that there is some upcoming impeachment or impeachment inquiry, and the reality is to date that has just been the slow boat to China. It hasn’t been authentic or sincere or robust.’ 

Congress has returned from recess and  is now on crunch time to pass 12 separate spending bills before a September 30 deadline – what would take nothing short of a miracle given that both chambers must then come together and agree on all of the bills. 

'I've fallen for this mirage before,' Gaetz said of the newly announced impeachment inquiry

McCarthy announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden on Tuesday

It’s looking increasingly likely, McCarthy admits, that Congress may have to punt the deadline down the road and pass a continuing resolution to hold spending at fiscal year 2023 levels for a period of time while they hash out the details of the spending bills for fiscal year 2024. 

If the House and Senate never come to agreement on spending levels for 12 separate spending bills, they could pass an omnibus — a catch-all bill that sets funding levels for all departments at once. 

If Congress passes a continuing resolution that lasts until January, under the Biden-McCarthy debt deal an automatic one percent cut across the board would kick in.  

But conservatives in the GOP conference are balking at the idea of continuing spending at all at 2023 levels – set last year when Democrats controlled the House.  

Gaetz told reporters on a press call that it would be ‘shot, chaser’ — if McCarthy tries to put up a continuing resolution (CR), he would immediately launch an effort to remove him. 

‘Continuing resolution, motion to vacate,’ Gaetz said, referring to the process that allows any one member to call a vote to remove the speaker. 

Meanwhile the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) held a news conference on Tuesday to turn up the heat on leadership not to go down the CR route. 

‘We’re not interested in a continuing resolution,’ said HFC Chair Scott Perry. ‘We’re not going to vote for it.’

Perry called the impeachment inquiry ‘long overdue’ but said it would not protect McCarthy from possible efforts to boot him in the future. 

‘No, not at all,’ said Rep. Andrew Clyde when asked if the impeachment inquiry calms talk of ousting the speaker over other concerns. 

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., cautioned Gaetz against making threats against the speaker. 

‘Let me say that my colleagues should have deep deep reflection before they venture down that path,’ he told 

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., hinted that he would support Gaetz’s motion to vacate if it came forward. ‘I certainly agree that the speaker has violated agreements that were made in January.’  

If McCarthy did put up a continuing resolution, he would need the votes of some Democrats to pass it to make up for conservative deflections. But if Gaetz put up a vote to oust McCarthy, he would need Democratic votes to make up for the conservatives who do not vote to remove McCarthy. 

‘If we have to begin every single day in Congress with the prayer, the pledge and the motion to vacate, then so be it,’ Gaetz said, underscoring that he was ‘serious’ about removing the speaker. 

Conservative gripes with McCarthy have centered not only on concerns that the House GOP will not push through 12 separate spending bills but also on a list of so-called promises McCarthy supposedly made to his right-wing critics in exchange for their vote for his speakership in January. 

Gaetz insisted McCarthy has not fulfilled those promises. 

‘McCarthy hasn’t fulfilled his promises regarding individual spending bills, regarding sufficiently rigorous oversight, regarding term limits, balanced budgets,’ he said. 

‘McCarthy can put up a vote for term limits immediately. McCarthy can put up a vote on a balanced budget amendment immediately he is required to do so under this deal. McCarthy could release the full January 6 dates immediately. This requires no vote. I mean, these are things that he has the power to deliver. And now we need answers regarding why we’re here on September 30, without single subject spending bills having been brought to the floor.’ 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., accused Gaetz of threatening to work with Democrats on ousting the speaker – and said removing McCarthy would slow down the Biden investigations. 

‘If we vacate our Republican Speaker by working with Democrats to kick out our Republican Speaker And then what is the plan to replace him?’ she said in an interview with 

Republicans are investigating just how much President Biden was implicated in the Biden family foreign business dealings

‘How are we going to continue with our impeachment inquiry that our Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy just announced? So instead of burning it all down, how do we move forward and achieve anything when my good friend Matt Gaetz is working with Democrats to kick out our Republican Speaker?’

McCarthy formally announced an impeachment inquiry into President Biden Tuesday morning – a move he says will put greater weight behind the House GOP’s investigations into the Biden family business deals. 

Republicans so far have largely fallen in line behind the inquiry. Even Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., who originally said an impeachment inquiry would be ‘theater,’ called it a ‘good move’ on Tuesday. 


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