A new study by a progressive watchdog group finds that the lawmakers behind the current push to impeach President Joe Biden are the same people who sought to overturn his 2020 election victory over President Donald Trump.
The Congressional Integrity Project, a nonprofit group that according to its website works to hold congressional Republicans accountable for “spurious investigations designed to hurt the Biden administration and Democrats and to usher Donald Trump back into power,” released its report “Democracy At Stake: The Same MAGA Republicans Behind January 6th Are Leading the Bogus Impeachment Effort Against President Biden” on Jan. 5
“Trump didn’t act alone – scores of his allies in Congress continue to push his lies to this day in a shameful attempt to restore the disgraced, twice impeached and four-time indicted president to power,” the group says in the report. “In fact, the key players involved in Trump’s scheme to overturn the election in 2020 are the very same Republicans leading the bogus impeachment effort against President Biden.”
The report specifically says that Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry was involved in both efforts:
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) was a key figure in Trump’s efforts to overturn the election and was deeply implicated in planning January 6th. His phone was seized by the FBI after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the January 6th Select Committee, and a federal judge indicated that his seized text messages “demonstrate that he welcomed, rather than resisted, and indeed often initiated” a series of “proactive, persistent and protracted” communications with Trump administration officials in relation to January 6th.
Perry told reporters on Sept. 12, 2023, that he backed a formal impeachment inquiry into Biden. “I think the impeachment inquiry is long overdue, personally. I’m on the Oversight Committee and I think that any other citizen that had stacked up against him what the president had stacked up against him right now would already be in court,” he said, claiming without evidence that the Biden family’s financial history “alludes to, not only just widespread corruption, but money laundering, if not influence peddling itself.”
Perry did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.
“By pushing a bogus impeachment of President Biden, Congressman Scott Perry is trying to finish the job that he started with his work on the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election,” Nicole Haley, communications director of the Congressional Integrity Project, said in an email. “Instead of focusing on the issues that matter most to his constituents, like access to health care or the economy, Perry has made it clear his sole focus is getting Trump back in the White House by any means necessary.”
The House voted along party lines 221-212 to formally approve an impeachment inquiry into Biden on Dec. 14, 2023.
“This whole thing is an extreme political stunt. It has no credibility, no legitimacy, and no integrity. It is a sideshow,” Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern told colleagues during the floor debate.