Ted Cruz: Biden Impeachment Likely If Republicans Win Back The House
Senator Ted Cruz is optimistic about a Republican takeover of the House in 2022, something he believes will lead to the impeachment of President Biden.
The Texas Republican made the comments in the latest episode of his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz.
The first step in the possible impeachment of the President requires the House falling back under Republican control after the midterms, something Cruz describes as a nearly 100 percent likelihood.
“I’m very optimistic about 2022,” he said. “I put the odds of the Republicans winning the house at 90/10 and it may even be higher than that.”
It is an assessment with which oddsmakers tend to agree.
Republicans are the clear favorites to win the House majority in 2022 with at least five Democrat-held seats already leaning towards the GOP, forecaster states
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Biden Impeachment on the Table
Senator Cruz went on to suggest once the House is in Republican hands several investigations would be opened into the Biden administration.
“If we take the House, which I said is overwhelmingly likely, then I think we will see serious investigations of the Biden administration,” Cruz said.
The Political Insider reported last month that the GOP is planning investigations on seven fronts should they prevail in the midterms: The IRS, the National Security Agency, parents of school children, the border crisis, COVID response, Afghanistan and JEDI.
That report has more detailed explanations of the investigations that will, according to Republicans, begin on Day 1.
GOP maps Biden probes, prelude to 2024 culture war – Axios https://t.co/FNGYW2Hf3M
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 19, 2021
On whether or not Republicans would turn investigations into impeachment action against President Biden, Cruz could envision such a scenario and reminded Democrats that they set the precedent.
“I do think there’s a chance of that,” Cruz said. “Whether it’s justified or not, the Democrats weaponized impeachment. They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him.”
“One of the real disadvantages of doing that is the more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel, you know what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” he continued.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicts that the Republican take over the House of Representatives in the midterm elections later this year, and probably move to impeach President Joe Biden in 2023. https://t.co/VJG53YuDzL
— Newsmax (@newsmax) January 4, 2022
Will They Win the Senate?
Ted Cruz stated that the odds of Republicans winning the Senate, the chamber required for conviction after the House votes to impeach, isn’t quite as high.
“I put our odds at 50/50,” he said of potential GOP control of the Senate. “I think it’s going to be a really good year but it’s a bad map.”
Cruz went on to explain that the border crisis and Biden’s “decision to just defy immigration laws” are the most likely grounds for impeachment.
The crisis at the southern border continues to worsen with more than 173,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in November according to preliminary reporting.
That marks the highest total for November in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) history.
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) January 3, 2022
Cruz’s colleague, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), believes the botched Afghanistan withdrawal is the most pressing need when discussing impeachment.
“I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a 31 August deadline,” Graham said as the withdrawal was taking place.
The evacuation and ceding control to the Taliban led to a suicide bombing killing 13 service members, a retaliatory drone strike by the United States that killed 10 civilians – including an aid worker and 7 children – and hundreds of Americans being left behind in the hostile country even to this day.
Cruz said no matter the focus, “there will be enormous pressure on a Republican House to begin impeachment proceedings.”