WASHINGTON D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), whose 7th Ohio District includes northern Richland County as well as Ashland and Knox County, introduced three articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden this week.
Gibbs has three co-sponsors on his articles, including Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX).
Gibbs acknowledged to the Columbus Dispatch the articles have no chance in advancing through the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, but said he "could not stand by" any longer.
"This is a shot across the bow," Gibbs told the Columbus Dispatch. "When Republicans take back the House, we will take our commitment to the separation of powers, our role as a check and balance to the executive branch seriously.
"President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the entire administration is officially on notice."
Gibbs began working on the resolution in a letter he posted at his website on Aug. 6. He said that was prompted following "the blatantly unconstitutional directive from the CDC on eviction moratoriums."
In addition, Gibbs argued that Biden's actions on the southern border represent "a negligence in keeping America secure. We need to cut this off at the pass now and show we will not stand for clearly unconstitutional actions.”
Yahoo.com reported that Gibbs’s resolution includes three articles of impeachment that cover the Afghanistan withdrawal, migration at the U.S.-Mexican border, and Biden's attempt to extend the federal moratorium on evictions -- which was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We actually started working before the Afghanistan debacle because I was so upset (about the border and eviction situations)," Gibbs told Yahoo.com. “Obviously, it's not going to go anywhere with Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi.
“(But) it shows that there are some Republicans that think that this president needs to be impeached, he needs to be removed from office one way or another. At some point, they're gonna be held accountable for their actions."
Gibbs is not the first to introduce articles of impeachment against Biden, who was sworn in as president in January.
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced an impeachment resolution against Biden on his first full day in office for “abuse of power by enabling bribery” relating to his son, Hunter Biden.
She followed with two more impeachment resolutions in August: one concerning Biden’s extension of the eviction moratorium, which Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Mary Miller of Illinois co-sponsored, and another citing his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, which has seven Republican co-sponsors.
Earlier this month, Texas Republican Rep. Randy Weber also introduced an article of impeachment against Biden for abuse of power regarding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, alleging Biden urged former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to “falsely portray” progress in fighting the Taliban in a July 23 phone call. Biggs and Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice co-sponsored that resolution.
House Republican leadership has not endorsed impeachment of Biden to date, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised last month there would be a “day of reckoning” for how Biden executed the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“I take this seriously. I don't think it's haphazard. I'm not trying to get media attention for myself,” Gibbs told the Washington Examiner. “He’s done so much damage to this country in less than nine months, which is really scary.
“He's not capable of being commander in chief, and that's obvious by the actions since Day One when he took the presidency back in January,” Gibbs said. “Maybe something like this makes the White House think twice before they do some of this nonsense."
Gibbs acknowledged that impeachment should only be used in extreme instances, but argued it was weaponized by Democrats against President Trump.
"As conservatives and Republicans, I believe we understand impeachment is a serious constitutional mechanism, meant to be used only in the rarest and most grave circumstances," he wrote in August. "Sadly, we saw our Democrat colleagues debase it and use it as a talking point for electoral gain.
"We must strenuously avoid such trivial treatment of our duty."