That Republicans will probably vote to authorize a proper impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden on Wednesday shouldn’t come as a shock to anybody given the GOP’s historical past of (1) being obsessive about the unproven declare that the president sits on the high of a sprawling household crime ring (2) doing every little thing Donald Trump tells it to do, and (3) having no disgrace. What’s stunning—and downright hilarious—is that Fox Information, which the GOP thought had its again, retains telling viewers that Republicans have zero foundation to question the president and are additionally hypocrites in addition.
The hypocrisy callout got here on Tuesday night time, when anchor Bret Baier performed a 2019 clip of Mike Johnson, then a little-known congressman, declaring that the founding fathers have been rolling over of their graves on account of Trump going through impeachment so near an election yr. “The founders of this nation warned towards a single-party impeachment—for good motive. They feared that it will bitterly, and maybe irreparably, divide our nation,” Johnson mentioned nearly precisely 4 years in the past. “As the subsequent election in 2020 is drawing so shut now, and their candidates for president are so terribly weak, they clearly met someplace at liberal excessive command about 75 days in the past and satisfied Nancy Pelosi they needed to pull the set off. I hope and pray that future Congresses can and can train better restraint.”
Noting that 17 Home Republicans who characterize districts Biden gained in 2020 would most likely love for Johnson to “train better restraint” now, Baier requested the Home Speaker to sq. away the blatant double commonplace on show. Naturally, the Home chief rebutted by saying that this time is completely, completely totally different, and that his get together has adopted correct process, one thing he claimed Democrats did not do when impeaching Trump for making an attempt to extort Ukraine.
“We’ve proven nice restraint,” Johnson insisted. “I imply, there are lots of people who’re annoyed that this hasn’t moved quicker. However there’s an enormous distinction. I stand by each phrase I mentioned in that video. There’s an enormous distinction between what’s occurring now and what the Democrats do. These have been rushed, sham impeachments.”
Johnson’s about-face—and Baier’s callout—got here days after two different Fox Information stars, father and son Steve Doocy and Peter Doocy, reminded viewers that Republicans have been investigating Biden for greater than a yr and have nonetheless give you no proof to question him. As in zero, zilch, nada. “The Home Oversight Committee has been at this for years,” Boy Doocy mentioned Friday, “and so they have up to now not been capable of present any concrete proof that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s abroad enterprise.” On Monday, Peter’s father knowledgeable the Fox & Associates viewers that “at this level…[Republicans] haven’t related the dots” between Hunter’s alleged crimes and Joe Biden. “They’ve related the dots—the Division of Justice did on Hunter. However they haven’t proven the place Joe Biden did something illegally.”
Which was apparently a bridge too far for Home Oversight chair James Comer, who whined to Newsmax on Tuesday about Steve Doocy not falling in line, explaining that the host’s insistence on calling out Republicans is why he stopped happening the man’s present.