(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent silence on the impending impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, a self-proclaimed friend, has raised eyebrows, as he appears to reverse his earlier stance on the matter.
McConnell, who has previously ran for cover for the scandal-plagued president, said on Tuesday, “I don’t think Speaker McCarthy needs any advice from the Senate on how to run the House.” However, just a few weeks ago, McConnell staunchly opposed the impeachment of Biden.
“Impeachment ought to be rare,” he declared in statements to the New York Times on Aug. 8, before adding “This is not good for the country.” However, his recent refusal to offer any advice or guidance to his House colleagues suggests a different perspective.
When queried about his earlier remarks, McConnell evaded the question and declined to provide any input to his House counterparts, according to Fox News.
“They’ve got a totally different set of challenges than we do,” McConnell responded before claiming that House Republicans do not need his advice.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry against Biden sent a scathing message to the White House, further weakening the already embattled president.
McCarthy stated that the inquiry would empower House committees to thoroughly investigate allegations of Biden’s involvement in his family’s foreign business dealings.
McConnell’s sudden shift could be attributed to his own political turmoil. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., demanded McConnell’s resignation from Senate Republican leadership following his second health scare.
“Severe aging health issues and/or mental health incompetence in our nation’s leaders MUST be addressed,” Green said, before drawing attention to the age of American politicians in leadership positions. “Biden, McConnell, Feinstein, and Fetterman are examples of people who are not fit for office and it’s time to be serious about it.”
Prominent conservatives echoed Greene’s remarks against McConnell on several posts on Twitter. “Time for Senate GOP to remove McConnell from leadership,” said Mark Levin, a legal scholar and popular Fox News host.
In contrast, Biden rushed to defend McConnell going as far as calling him a “friend.” Shortly after McConnell’s second freeze-up, Biden claimed, “Mitch is a friend, as you know — not a joke. … I know people don’t believe that the case, but we have disagreements politically, but he’s a good friend.”