Democrats attacked Republican efforts to move forward in an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden despite the party's own similar move against former President Donald Trump.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced the inquiry on Tuesday over "credible allegations" concerning the president's actions.
Democrats' outrage over Biden impeachment inquiry ridiculed: Pelosi, others 'set the precedent' https://t.co/f6toGjG9pQ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 13, 2023
All these things that they've done: Did they think that there was not going to be any blowback? Did they think that the Republicans were not going to turn around and say, 'OK, you've set the precedent, we're going to use these all these tools … against you?" former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen said on "The Story."
"So Republicans are looking at this and saying -- 'They're using these institutions. This is fair game,'" he said. "And two, 'We don't trust the institutions anymore, so we need the tools of an impeachment inquiry to go after to to to get to the bottom of this story' -- which is a legitimate inquiry as to whether or not there was corruption in the Biden family."
— Andy Vermaut (@AndyVermaut) September 13, 2023
"Democrats have ridiculed the decision by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy to launch the inquiry, calling it 'absurd', 'a joke' and a 'shiny new object to distract the public from the fact that the GOP (Republicans) can't even pass bills to fund the government,'" Reuters reported.
"But the inquiry could cast a long shadow over Biden's 2024 campaign for re-election," it noted.
Even if the impeachment effort is unsuccessful, the inquiry could force access to additional information about Biden's past that is currently under investigation related to bribery deals involving his son Hunter Biden.
The exposure could hurt Biden's reelection chances, causing additional problems for Democrats down the ticket in 2024.
The party is now rallying around Biden in opposition to the impeachment inquiry despite using similar tactics against Trump, including an unprecedented second effort following the events of Jan. 6.
The impeachment is much bigger than Biden, influencing the votes toward Democrats nationwide in the upcoming election.