Sen. Markwayne Mullin says at least some Democrats have signaled willingness to consider Biden impeachment, removal

 December 18, 2023

Democrats in Congress are well-known for their reluctance to break ranks against one of their own, but according to a prominent Republican senator, some on the other side of the aisle may be willing to dispose of that with that habit when it comes to the impeachment and possible removal of President Joe Biden, as Breitbart reports.

The insight came from Oklahoma Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin, during an appearance on Newsmax TV's Wake Up America.

Mullin lets loose

Speaking to show host Rob Finnerty about the recently formalized impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, Mullin offered some insight as to where his colleagues currently stand on the president's future.

Finnerty said, “You talk to your colleagues on the left in the Senate, is there any appetite for this with any Democrats that, you know, even off the record otherwise this is dead on arrival in the Senate in an election year?”

Mullin replied with an answer that may have surprised even Finnerty, and it had to do with the electoral logistics specific to a Senate race as opposed to one for a seat in the lower chamber.

“What's interesting about the Senate versus the House is the senators have a lot bigger area, a lot bigger state to cover,” Mullin began.

“So, they cover blue parts of the other state plus red parts. And when you talk to some more moderate leaning senators, they will tell you that if the House sends us over an airtight case, that it completely easily points to the president breaking the law in treason, misdemeanor, high crime, that they would try it just like they would any other case and go into without a bipartisan look. But with a criminal look,” he said.

The bottom line

Seemingly skeptical about the notion that anyone in Biden's party would give impeachment charges a serious examination, Finnerty asked, “Have any Democratic senators mentioned to you off the record again that they would look at this fairly and objectively?”

To that, Mullin answered in the affirmative, prompting Finnerty to get even more direct in his questioning.

“I'm talking about a yes vote on impeaching the president if it gets there,” the host pushed.

Mullin was unwavering, replying, “They said if it was a convictable offense, they would definitely be looking to convict. Okay in a not as I said, a non bipartisan look, I've had that conversation with five [senators].”

Though Mullin was unwilling to call out those lawmakers by name, saying, “I don't want to put them in a position,” he did note that “all five of them has said the exact same thing.”

In terms of what might have caused even a number as small as five Democrats to signal openness to the impeachment process, Mullin noted his belief that White House explanations of Biden's conduct have undergone a curious and continued evolution, from outright denial to heavily parsed and qualified statements.

Even so, as Mullin himself pointed out, any impeachment of Biden would have to stem from conduct in which he engaged while president, and given that much of the conduct that has been examined thus far took place during his time as vice president and shortly thereafter, the Republican cautioned House colleagues, “if they send us a case, make sure it's convictable.”