United States: Impeachment proceedings launched against a leader of Congress

United States: Impeachment proceedings launched against a leader of Congress
United States: Impeachment proceedings launched against a leader of Congress

An elected official from the American hard right, Marjorie Taylor Greene, formally initiated on Wednesday a doomed motion to impeach the Republican President of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson.

The parliamentarian, very close to Donald Trump, wants at all costs to oust this Congress official, a member of her party, because of his support for American aid to Ukraine.

She accuses the leader of “treason”. Support for kyiv has been the subject of very heated debates in the American Congress, with many Republicans calling for no more funds to be released to the country, at war with Russia.

After months of procrastination and pressure from Democrats and allies around the world, Republican leader Mike Johnson finally supported the package — attracting the wrath of the hard right. Any elected member of the House of Representatives can file a motion to impeach its president.

However, it is very unlikely that Mike Johnson will ultimately be dismissed, the Democratic leadership having announced that it would exceptionally vote, with moderate Republicans, to keep the leader in office. Donald Trump has not spoken publicly in favor of this motion.

This saga has a real air of déjà vu. Former House speaker Kevin McCarthy was impeached only a few months ago in a very similar scenario: he was accused by a small group of Trumpists of having made a “secret deal” with the Democrats on Ukraine, in the middle of budget negotiations.

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