Mitch McConnell Quashes Calls for Biden's Impeachment Over Afghanistan

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is putting an end to calls from fellow Republicans for President Joe Biden's impeachment over the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, citing the Democrats' control of the House.

Asked during a Wednesday event in Pikeville, Kentucky, if Biden's behavior is impeachable, McConnell said, "There isn't going to be an impeachment."

He added, "The president is not going to be removed from office. There's a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate. That's just not going to happen."

McConnell's comments come after three Republican senators publicly called for Biden's removal from office over the hasty evacuations that wrapped up in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Last week, Senators Josh Hawley and Marsha Blackburn urged the president to resign, and Senator Rick Scott suggested that the Cabinet should oust Biden by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Biden's approval ratings have tanked after the days of chaos at Kabul's international airport, which came to a head during last week's attack from an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate that killed at least 90 Afghans and left 13 U.S. service members dead.

In a new poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, 42 percent of American adults said Biden did a "poor" job of withdrawing troops, while 29 percent called his handling "fair" and 27 percent said they found it "good" or "excellent."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that President Joe Biden won't be impeached with the Democrats in control of the House and Senate. Above, McConnell leaves the Senate chambers on August 11. Liz Lynch/Stringer

While Republican senators stopped short of calling for impeachment, their colleagues in the House have not.

Citing the withdrawal from Afghanistan—as well increased immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and the national eviction moratorium—Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced three articles of impeachment against Biden last week.

Representative Lauren Boebert took a similar stance on Tuesday, saying, "Impeach Biden. Impeach Kamala Harris. And throw in the secretary of state."

On Wednesday, McConnell didn't rule out the possibility of a Biden impeachment if the GOP were to successfully take back control of both chambers of Congress during the 2022 midterms.

He said there is "typically a buyer's remorse" among voters two years into a new presidency, which could allow Republicans to win majorities in Congress next year.

"I think the American people have to decide what kind of government they want," McConnell said. "I have a feeling the American people didn't think they voted for this government.... There isn't going to be an impeachment, but I think [the Democrats] have a good chance of having a very bad election next year."