Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump have taken different positions on whether the House of Representatives should impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Their positions come after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that the recent allegations made by IRS whistleblowers that Garland interfered with U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ criminal investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, could lead to Garland being impeached from office.
McCarthy told Fox News on Monday: “If it comes true what the IRS whistleblower is saying, we’re going to start impeachment inquiries on the attorney general.”
“Well, I’m gonna leave that up to them,” Trump said of the Republican-controlled House. “I’m surprised at Merrick Garland, because I know he’s a liberal guy. But I thought that–, I am so surprised that he’s doing what he’s doing. I’m shocked, actually, that he’s not saying, ‘Look, I have an obligation to my country.’ And even if he did 10%, it’s earth shattering. But he’s really protecting Biden, and you can’t really protect them at this point.”
When asked if he would support impeachment, DeSantis said, “Well, look, if a cabinet member’s behaving like Garland, then they’re opening themselves up to it. So, I think that they should pursue this,” DeSantis said. “I think some of the decisions that have been made or action, or lack of action, you know, are just unbelievable that that could be the case.”
It is unclear whether the House will impeach Garland. Democrats have so far shown no interest in impeaching him, and it is unlikely that they would have the votes to do so. However, the pressure on Garland is likely to continue, and it is possible that he could be impeached if the January 6th investigation produces any damaging findings.
The debate over whether to impeach Garland is likely to continue for some time. It is a complex issue with no easy answers. However, it is clear that the different positions taken by DeSantis and Trump reflect the growing divisions within the Republican Party.
NEW: @RonDeSantis urges House Republicans to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“If a cabinet member is behaving like Garland, then they’re opening themselves up to it. I think they should pursue this.” pic.twitter.com/BzVa2Gcx1D
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 27, 2023