Clinton Says McCarthy ‘Too Weak’ To Stand Up To Republicans Calling For Biden Impeachment

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was “too weak” to stand up to far-right Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Joe Biden.

Clinton spoke with MSNBC’s Jen Psaki, telling the host some in the GOP were using impeachment as a political weapon to keep their base “all riled up while they make up stuff that has no basis in fact.”

“There’s no there there,” Clinton said. “They know there’s no there there, and sadly the speaker of the House is too weak to stand up to the most rabid block of his members who don’t care what the truth or the facts are.”

“They just want to be able to grandstand and try to cause President Biden problems,” she added.

McCarthy unilaterally directed House committees to open the impeachment inquiry earlier this month, succumbing to the hard-right faction in his party. The speaker claimed Republicans had discovered “serious and credible allegations” centered on millions of dollars in payments made by foreign nationals to the president’s son, Hunter Biden, during the years when the elder Biden was vice president.

But those claims rely on exaggerations pushed by ultraconservatives in the GOP, and Democrats have blasted the effort as “absurd” and a “joke.”

Despite his call to move forward, McCarthy has struggled to rein in a faction of his party amid a looming government shutdown that has put his leadership in peril.

Clinton told Psaki on Sunday the impeachment proceedings are “not a real threat” to the president, but rather reflect negatively on Republicans.

“It’s a real confession by the Republican Party, they have no agenda, they have no interest in trying to bring people together to solve problems,” she said. “They don’t want a solution to what’s happening on the border, they want a political problem that they can try to use for their own benefit. That’s what this is.”