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Jen Psaki fires back at Ted Cruz’s threat to impeach Joe Biden

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing on Friday August 6, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing on Friday August 6, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.Photo: Official White House Photo by Erin Scott

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki clapped back at Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) threat that the Republican party will impeach President Joe Biden if they take the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

Cruz said yesterday that House Republicans would impeach Biden next year if they win a majority of the House of Representatives, “whether it’s justified or not,” referring to how he believes that many in the GOP are still angry that Donald Trump got impeached twice.

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Trump was impeached in 2019 for allegedly withholding military aid from Ukraine in order to force the country to announce an investigation of Trump’s political opponents, and a second time in 2021 for his role in the attempted coup that took place on January 6, 2021.

“The Democrats weaponized impeachment,” Cruz said on his podcast. “They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him. And 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.”

“That’s not how impeachment is meant to work, but I think the Democrats crossed that line,” the Republican senator said. “I think there’ll be enormous pressure on a Republican House to begin impeachment proceedings.”

Cruz went on to say that “the utter lawlessness” of people allegedly crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally is “probably the strongest grounds right now for impeachment.”

“Does the White House have a reaction to Senator Cruz saying President Biden may be impeached if the Republicans take back the House next year, specifically for the border policies?” a reporter asked Psaki yesterday.

“Maybe Senator Cruz can work with us on getting something done on comprehensive immigration reform and putting in place measures that will help make sure smart security is what we see at the border, taking a more humane approach to the border instead of name calling, accusation calling, and making predictions of the future,” Psaki responded drily before moving on to another question.

Republican House members have already filed multiple resolutions to impeach Biden. The first was filed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) a day after Biden took office last year.

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