Several lawmakers have written a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that the California Democrat “immediately” begin impeachment proceedings against President Joe Biden after his administration stranded “hundreds” of Americans in Afghanistan.
“The American people must have full confidence in their Commander in Chief’s judgment and ability to protect our country and respond decisively to national security threats,” said the letter from Reps. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Yvette Herrell, R-N.M.
“We have no confidence in President Joseph R. Biden’s ability to carry out his duties as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces,” they added.
“His unilateral, reckless decision to retreat from Afghanistan was done against the advice of military and national security experts and it has now put thousands of American military personnel, citizens, and Afghan allies in grave peril,” the lawmakers continued.
“Tragically, at least 12 service members have lost their lives in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in the last decade,” they said, referencing the suicide bombing attack on Thursday outside the Kabul airport that killed 11 Marines, two Army soldiers, and a Navy corpsman.
“President Biden refuses to take responsibility for his actions and continues to mishandle the deteriorating situation at every step. In addition, he has deliberately misled the American people in response to questions posed by the media,” the letter went on.
“Free nations around the world look to the United States for leadership, and President Biden has proven definitively, and repeatedly, since this crisis began that he is not capable of effectively executing his duties as our Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world,” the lawmakers charged.
“As members of Congress, we have the duty to oversee the Executive Branch and provide for the common defense of the United States of America,” the letter noted.
“We do not have confidence in President Biden’s ability to continue serving as Commander-in-Chief. It is after much consideration and with heavy hearts at the current state of our nation that we call upon you, Speaker of the House of Representatives, to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” the demanded.
The impeachment push comes on the heels of Pentagon leaders and officials admitting Monday evening that the administration was not able to evacuate all Americans from Afghanistan, despite Biden’s previous pledge that he would do so.
“CENTCOM Commander says there are ‘hundreds’ of American citizens still in Afghanistan after the last C-17 departed Kabul,” Spencer Brown, the managing editor of TownHall.com, tweeted, in reference to U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
“We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” the commander said.
Even before the debacle in Afghanistan, calls were increasing for Biden to be impeached over his handling of other issues including his administration’s lack of enforcing immigration laws.
“It is time to take action and remove the sitting President from office due to his gross negligence that undermined our national security, led to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and resulted in a grave humanitarian crisis,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., who co-sponsored articles of impeachment against Biden, in a statement posted to Twitter last week.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, however, demanded that Biden, Harris, and several Cabinet members resign as well.
“Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin and General Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office,” she said.