House Republican worries his colleagues don't have 'the will' to impeach Joe Biden: 'I don't know if it would pass'

Republican Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas at a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 6, 2023.
Republican Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas at a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 6, 2023.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
  • House Republicans' impeachment inquiry continues, but many aren't sure it will lead to impeachment.

  • Even one of Trump's staunchest acolytes in the House says he doesn't know if it would pass.

  • "I don't know if we have the will to do it," said Rep. Troy Nehls.

When Republicans retook the House majority, perhaps one of the safest predictions one could make is that they would seek to impeach President Joe Biden.

GOP candidates campaigned on it, rank-and-file lawmakers had already filed several resolutions to do so, and Rep. James Comer of Kentucky began laying out his case for investigating the Biden family even before the midterm elections.

But despite a unanimous vote among Republicans in December to initiate an impeachment inquiry, several of them are openly declaring that an actual successful impeachment vote is anything but certain.

"I think it should go to the House floor for a vote, but I don't know if we have the will to do it," Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas told CNN. "I don't know if it would pass, quite honestly."

Nehls, one of the first House Republicans to endorse former President Donald Trump in 2024, has a knack for unfortunate honesty.

The Texas Republican recently declared that he wouldn't support a compromise border security and immigration deal from the Senate because it could "help Joe Biden's approval rating," and he said in December that he wanted to give Trump "a little bit of ammo to fire back" by impeaching Biden.

But Nehls isn't alone in his prediction about impeachment's fate.

Even Comer, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee who's leading the charge on impeachment, told CNN that his "job was never to impeach" the president.

"I would vote to impeach him," Comer told CNN. "But I'm not going to lose any sleep whether he gets impeached or not because we know the Senate's not going to convict."

Republicans, at this point, may be in a bit of a bind.

Though they have poked holes in some of Biden's arguments about impropriety, Republican investigators have yet to prove that he was significantly involved in his son Hunter's dealings with foreign countries.

Yet if they fail to impeach Biden, Republicans risk anger and backlash from the GOP base, which has been primed by both political rhetoric and right-wing media to expect an impeachment.

In the near term, the House may vote to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress for his refusal to sit for a closed-door deposition — even though he has agreed to testify publicly and even showed up in person at a hearing on the matter last week.

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