Rep. Cory MillsFilesImpeachment Articles Against Biden Over Israel Aid

Republican Rep. Cory Mills of Florida filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, accusing him of abusing power by threatening to withhold aid from Israel. The move comes amid escalating US-Israel tensions over the Gaza conflict, with Biden citing humanitarian concerns.

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Rep. Cory MillsFilesImpeachment Articles Against Biden Over Israel Aid

Rep. Cory MillsFilesImpeachment Articles Against Biden Over Israel Aid

On Friday, Republican Rep. Cory Mills of Florida formally filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden, accusing him of abusing his presidential power by threatening to withhold congressionally approved aid from Israel in a "quid pro quo" deal. The move comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Why this matters: This impeachment bid highlights the complex and delicate nature of international relations, particularly in the Middle East, and raises questions about the limits of presidential power in foreign policy decision-making. The outcome of this controversy could have significant implications for U.S. diplomatic relations and global security.

According to the impeachment resolution, President Biden "abused the powers of his office by soliciting a 'quid pro quo' with Israel while leveraging vital military aid for policy changes." Mills argues that this action "compromised the credibility of the United States" and "undermined the interests of our longstanding ally, Israel."

The impeachment bid comes in response to Biden's recent statement in a CNN interview that the U.S. would still supply defensive arms to Israel, including Iron Dome rocket interceptors, but would withhold offensive weapons and artillery shells if Israel were to enter Rafah, a densely populated city in southern Gaza. The president expressed concerns over the potential for a humanitarian catastrophe if Israel proceeds with a full-scale invasion.

Several Republican lawmakers have criticized Biden's warning, with Rep. Mike Lawler of New York accusing the president of "capitulating because of electoral politics" and Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri stating that the threat "plays into Hamas' hands." However, the president's stance has also divided progressive and pro-Israel Democrats, highlighting the controversy surrounding the issue.

Mills likens Biden's actions to those of former President Donald Trump, who faced impeachment in 2019 over accusations of withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for political favors. "These are the same accusations made against President Trump, which resulted in his impeachment by Democrats," Mills stated. "The same must happen for Joe Biden, which is why we're drawing up articles of impeachment now."

However, critics argue that the situations are fundamentally different, with Biden's action being in accordance with U.S. law, which forbids the transfer of weapons to countries committing war crimes. MSNBC producer Steve Benen noted that "comparing the two presidents' actions 'is not a serious argument.' There's nothing illegal about Biden's policy, and he's not trying to leverage security aid for campaign help."

The controversy surrounding Israel's use of U.S. weapons in Gaza has resulted in significant civilian casualties, with at least 35,400 Palestinians killed since October, including over 40% children, according to the article. The impeachment bid marks the seventh impeachment resolution against Biden currently pending in the House of Representatives, with critics arguing that Mills' comparison to Trump's 2019 impeachment inquiry is flawed and politically motivated.