Several House Republicans said Wednesday they were frustrated with Rep. Lauren Boebert’s attempt to bypass the committee process to push for an immediate vote to impeach President Biden.
Boebert, R-Colo., introduced a privileged resolution on the House floor Tuesday evening aimed at impeaching Biden over the border crisis and appeared to catch members of his own party off guard. A privileged resolution allows lawmakers to force a floor vote without going through committee, a move some Republicans appear to oppose.
House Oversight Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., did not say whether he would support Boebert’s resolution, but suggested he was unhappy with how his resolution avoided his committee despite its investigation during months on corruption allegations against the Biden family.
“I don’t like how he presented it by avoiding the committee process, especially when the oversight committee investigation, which he’s on, is producing new information almost daily,” Comer told Fox News Digital.
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“I think we have a little bit more work to do in the Oversight Committee before we issue a report, once we issue a report, depending on what’s in that report, the Judiciary Committee would be the committee that would have hearings on any possible felony and possible impeachment,” he said. “So I wish I had done it differently.”
“I think the previous majority cheapened impeachment,” Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., told Fox News Digital. “I think it got politicized. These shouldn’t be playground games.”
“This should be serious, it should go through the Judiciary Committee or the Oversight Committee. And if there is [are] real facts for impeachment, then you go there, but doing that is wrong,” he said, agreeing with Comer.
“I would prefer normal order, I think normal order has worked for us,” said Rep. Kelly Armstrong, RN.D. “I think we fought hard to get grassroots access to the committee and all that stuff. That was a big part of the 15-speaker fight, so I think we should use it.”
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Bacon said he would vote with Democrats to kill the resolution when it comes out, which could happen today; so did Rep. Ryan Zinke. R-Mont., who previously served as President Trump’s interior secretary and recalled the impeachment process Democrats endured during that administration.
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“I hate how they treated President Trump. If you want to go through impeachment, it should go through the judiciary, they should look at all the evidence and have a clear case,” Zinke said. “I think it should be pursued. I think it should be done, absolutely, so that the American people can see everything transparently. I think Jim Jordan, and this jurisdiction committee is the right place.”
“But making a privilege motion from the floor is, to me, theater and smacks of self-serving rather than service,” he added.
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Boebert did not attend the regular all-party meeting Wednesday morning, Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tennessee, told reporters. House Majority Whip Tom Emmer was noncommittal when asked about his move, saying, “People have a right to do what they want to do.”
With the House chamber thinly divided, Democrats need only a handful of Republicans to vote with them to bring up Boebert’s motion.