A Republican lawmaker from Ohio wants to potentially boot Joe Biden out of office after the president extended the nationwide eviction moratorium and amid a record surge of migrants at the southern border.
In a letter sent to fellow House Republicans Friday, Rep. Bob Gibbs accused Biden of taking actions that ‘skirt the United States Constitution’ and claimed he ‘continues to disregard his constitutional duties and boundaries.’
‘I believe conducting a sober, evidence-based discussion regarding impeachment is warranted,’ Gibbs wrote. ‘I urge you all to remember our duty to the Constitution and American people to hold this administration accountable.’
He called impeachment a ‘serious’ task only meant for ‘the rarest and most grave circumstances’ – and slammed Democrats over their ‘politically motivated’ use of impeachment against Trump.
Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Gibbs wrote the letter to fellow House lawmakers urging them to consider an ‘evidence-based discussion’ over impeaching Biden
He accused Biden of executive overreach in his administration extending the eviction moratorium
‘Sadly, we saw our Democrat colleagues debase it and use it as a talking point for electoral gain. We must strenuously avoid such trivial treatment of our duty,’ Gibbs wrote.
Last week the Biden administration extended an eviction moratorium put in place in September 2020, as millions of Americans were put out of work and unable to make basic payments amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Supreme Court allowed it to continue until the end of July but signaled it would not be open to another extension unless it was authorized by Congress.
After urging lawmakers to pass legislation extending the moratorium in light of the Delta variant, the White House bypassed the body and CDC director Rochelle Walensky signed an order determining the ‘evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health control measures’ to slow the spread of COVID.
The extension comes after Biden repeatedly urged Congress to pass legislation over it. Crowds attended a sit-in at the Capitol this week pushing Biden and lawmakers to enact it
Gibbs slammed Democrats’ impeachment proceedings of Trump as ‘politically motivated’
The order expands the eviction moratorium until October 3 and applies to counties ‘experience substantial and high levels’ of COVID transmission.
Gibbs accused Biden of ‘blatantly ignoring the Court’ with the move and cited Biden’s own words casting doubt on whether it was even constitutional.
‘The President’s action, despite his previous reiteration of his lack of authority, is a blatant and flagrant disregard for the separation of powers enshrined in the US Constitution,’ the Ohio Republican wrote.
He claimed Biden’s ‘shameless disregard for the limitations of his executive authority’ in extending the relief measure violates his oath of office.
Gibbs also joined a long list of Republicans heckling Biden’s handling of the southern border crisis.
The lawmaker cited a passage in the Constitution that requires the president to protect Americans ‘against invasion’ – claiming that Biden’s rollback of several Trump-era border policies does the opposite.
Reports say there were 210,000 migrant encounters at the border over July as Republicans on the state, local and federal level criticize Biden over border enforcement
Since taking office Biden stopped construction of the border wall, suspended Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy and rolled back enforcement of COVID-era Title 42, which Gibbs claims is at odds with Biden’s messaging on the pandemic (pictured: Asylum seekers line up for COVID vaccinations in Baja California on August 3)
Since taking office Biden stopped construction of the border wall, suspended Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy and rolled back enforcement of COVID-era Title 42, which allows Border Patrol to turn away asylum-seekers over virus concerns, to not deport minors and families with young children.
In January Biden also implemented a 100-day pause on deportations of most people living in the country illegally, along with a new priority system for those who will still be subject to removal.
Border crossings have reached record levels in the months since Biden took office.
In July the Associated Press reported that 210,000 migrants were encountered at the southern border, a two-decade high that surpassed the 180,000 encounters in June.
McAllen, Texas Mayor Javier Villalobos blamed the White House for the number of migrants coming to his city with COVID in a Facebook video Wednesday.
Out of 1,800 migrants per day being left in McAllen, the mayor said, ’15 percent’ have COVID.
Gibbs accused Biden of operating on a double standard, citing what he calls the CDC’s ‘scientifically illiterate guidance on masking for vaccinated people.’
‘Is it bad enough that the border is not secure, must the Biden administration contribute to the worsening of a situation they deemed so dire?’ Gibbs questioned.