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Congressman Cory Mills suggests impeachment of President Joe Biden

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Congressman Cory Mills suggests impeachment of President Joe Biden

U.S. Rep. Cory Mills of Florida has filed an article of impeachment citing President Joe Biden’s threat of withholding arms from Israel if it launches an attack on Rafah, Gaza, as an “abuse of power.”

Mills, a Republican who represents a part of Volusia County in Florida’s seventh District, compared Biden’s actions to President Donald Trump’s in 2019, when he delayed Congress-approved military aid from Ukraine when President Volodymyr Zelenskyy didn’t comply with Trump’s request of an investigation of Biden and his family.

Mills even tweeted a photograph of how he cut and pasted much of his article of impeachment from the one filed against Trump in 2019 by Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of Recent York. The House adopted two articles of impeachment on Dec. 18, 2019, against Trump, while the Senate voted to acquit on Feb. 5, 2020, with each votes mostly along party lines.

Congressman Cory Mills, R-New Smyrna Beach, posted this photo on X, showing how much of the language of the 2019 impeachment articles against then-President Donald Trump was included in his impeachment article, filed Monday against President Joe Biden.

“In violation of his oath to faithfully execute the office of president and to uphold the Structure, President Biden abused the powers of his office by soliciting a ‘quid pro quo’ with Israel while leveraging vital military aid for policy changes,” Mills said in a news release Monday.

“This egregious motion not only compromised the credibility of the USA but in addition undermined the interests of our longstanding ally, Israel,” Mills said. “Subsequently, President Biden’s conduct warrants impeachment, trial, removal from office, and disqualification from holding any future office under the USA.”

Others say there’s a definite difference between Biden’s motivation − steering policy − and Trump’s, which they are saying was personal and political gain.

Wasserman Schultz: GOP effort to ‘politicize’ serious issues

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the longest-serving Florida Democrat within the House, voted to question Trump in 2019. She drew a contrast between the president’s actions then and Biden’s in 2024.

“Trump threatened to withhold critical aid from Ukraine solely to strongarm them into interfering in our elections, based on a Kremlin conspiracy. Trump’s undermining of NATO and submission to Putin only emboldened Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine,” Wasserman Schultz said in a prepared response to an issue.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

“In contrast, President Biden demanded Congress provide aid to our ally Israel immediately after Hamas’ October 7th attacks, all while House Republicans blockaded this vital assistance for six months and patted one another’s backs for passing nonbinding resolutions,” she said, adding his record of support for Israel is “unassailable.”

“Republicans haven’t any respect for the Structure and desperately proceed to politicize deadly serious issues,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Democrat opponents react

Two Democrats searching for to oust Mills in November were critical of Mills’ impeachment effort.

“As an alternative of working to unravel problems for all Floridians … or maintaining solutions for on a regular basis Americans, or voting to expel disgraced former Congressman George Santos, or voting to send aid to Ukraine and Israel, or voting to not shut down the federal government, Rep. Cory Mills continues to do the precise opposite and seems most focused on causing further division and chaos,” said Jennifer Adams, who said she is a native Floridian who grew up within the district.

Allek Pastrana said he expects the impeachment effort against Biden to fail.

“Cory Mills is a component of one of the vital unproductive sessions of Congress. Moderately than addressing pressing issues affecting constituents like inexpensive housing, insurance relief, the opioid crisis, inflation, or border security, Mills is squandering taxpayer dollars on pointless impeachment hearings and following President Trump,” Pastrana said.

Legal expert: Trump and Biden actions are different

Biden’s actions are a standard use of presidential power and never impeachable, said Frank Bowman III, professor emeritus on the University of Missouri School of Law. Bowman testified as an authority witness on impeachment during a committee hearing on Republicans’ proposed impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Bowman called Trump’s motion “a classic impeachable ‘high crime and misdemeanor,’ for 3 reasons.

“Trump used the powers of his office, not to realize a public profit for the US, but to extort from a foreign country actions which were a purely private political profit to himself,” Bowman said in an email. “Trump used the powers of his office to subvert the electoral process by interjecting false details about a political rival.”

Also, Trump’s actions were “contrary to the well-established, indeed consensus, foreign policy interests of the country to support Ukraine and oppose Russian expansionism,” he said, while he didn’t notify Congress, as required by a 1974 law, of the holds his administration placed on the Ukraine aid in 2019.

“In contrast, President Biden is searching for motion (or reasonably restraint) from Israel that shouldn’t be doesn’t involve a personal political profit to himself, doesn’t subvert the electoral process, and shouldn’t be contrary to either congressional laws or consensus U.S. foreign policy interests,” Bowman said.

But Mills argues Biden’s threat to withhold the weapons from Israel got here in response to political pressure from the left, as pro-Palestinian protests have occurred across the nation, while Biden is trailing Trump in polls in key swing states reminiscent of Michigan, where large populations of Arabs and Muslims are present.

Biden’s acts are for “political gain,” Mills told Fox News on Monday.

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