House Freedom Caucus members on Tuesday appeared eager for Speaker Kevin McCarthy to make good on his recent veiled impeachment threat against President Biden, and one member of the conservative group of GOP members said the leader’s words marked a “paradigm shift.”
“When he does speak to … impeachment, it carries a tremendous amount of weight. And that’s why I think the ground shifted on that a little bit when he opened up the door,” Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., said after a Freedom Caucus press conference on Tuesday. “I don’t think there’s any question that him speaking to that has caused a paradigm shift.”
After a series of hearings and briefings on alleged misconduct by Biden and his family, McCarthy said on Fox News’s “Hannity” Monday night, “This is rising to the level of impeachment inquiry, which provides Congress the strongest power to get the rest of the knowledge and information needed.”
It’s the most direct comment yet the speaker has made about impeaching Biden, something the hardliners in his conference have been clamoring for since the House GOP took the majority this year.
Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., suggested there would be “an uprising” against Biden if the House did not move forward with trying to remove him.
“Look, the evidence is mounting against this guy. Look at what he’s done,” Norman said. “What Donald Trump’s done with papers pales in comparison.”
Norman said there was a “difference of opinion” on whether to take such a severe step but dismissed the idea of risking an impeachment vote that fails.
“Some people think that what he’s done isn’t that bad. A lot of us in general — the public, it’s gonna be an uprising against this guy, I think, at the end of the day.”
It’s not just Biden that Republicans are looking to target. GOP members have called for impeachment proceedings against some of the president’s top Cabinet officials, including Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Norman answered “all of the above” during the press conference when asked about which Biden official should be impeached first.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said Mayorkas would be the “low hanging fruit” to initially consider. “But with the evidence that we’ve induced in the Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee with regard to the Biden — I would call it from the crime syndicate, I don’t know what else you can call it — the corruption that’s there,” he said.
“That would certainly be a very interesting and perhaps even necessary step,” he said. “I’ll just tell you that the evidence I’ve seen is overwhelming, and it would lead one to believe our president, our sitting president, is corrupted and compromised.”
At one point Norman took a jab at Vice President Kamala Harris that earned some nervous laughter by saying, “I realize the replacement for Joe Biden is probably giggling somewhere now, so she’s not an alternative.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for comment but did not immediately hear back.