Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., said House Republicans must make sure they have an ironclad case before moving to impeach President Joe Biden.
“What I’ve heard is there’s a lot of fire and a lot of smoke, but we don’t know whether there’s any truth to it,” Tuberville said Tuesday on “Meet the Press NOW.” “They need to probably continue their investigation.
“I’m not for impeachment unless it is ironclad, as I said about [former] President Trump. If you’re going to go after a former president or president, let’s don’t waste time. Let’s know the truth. Let’s be able to bring it out. Let the American people know. We’ve got enough problems up here right now without going through an impeachment process.”
Tuberville spoke on the same day House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced the launch of an impeachment inquiry into Biden regarding allegations of criminal activity involving the president and his family. Before McCarthy’s announcement, several Republican senators, including Mitt Romney of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, had been less than ecstatic over a possible inquiry.
“We’ve got so many things we need to be focusing on,” Capito told Axios last week. “I don’t see the glaring evidence that says we need to move forward. I didn’t see it in the Trump case, and voted against it, I don’t see it in this case.”
Tillis told Axios: “If we start converting impeachments into no-confidence votes and we don’t do the homework … then I’m not going to take it seriously.”
Tuberville said even if the House sends articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., might not act on it. But only once in U.S. history has no trial been held after the House delivered articles of impeachment — in 1873, when Kansas U.S. District Court Judge Mark Delahay resigned before the trial after being impeached over allegations of alcoholism.
“I know it wouldn’t make it anywhere up here to the Senate,” Tuberville said. “They probably wouldn’t even let it make it to the floor [for a vote], but again, this is all up to the House. We’ve got enough problems going on right now, but there is a lot of smoke right now with what’s going on with the president.”
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