Marjorie Taylor Greene Files Articles Of Impeachment Against AG Merrick Garland

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday.

Speaking to reporters outside the Capitol Building, Greene said the Justice Department’s treatment of former President Donald Trump constituted “political persecution.”

“Merrick Garland has abused his position of power as the attorney general to politically persecute Joe Biden’s enemies,” Greene said Friday. “And the whole purposes of this is to prevent President Trump from ever being able to hold office.”

“I’m introducing articles of impeachment on Merrick Garland,” she continued. “Because we cannot tolerate this in America, where our great institutions are welded and abused in such a way to defeat people’s political enemies.”

Greene’s motion to remove Garland from office comes just days after the FBI conducted a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Since the search, numerous Republicans—including Trump himself—have said the FBI’s actions were politically motivated.

On Thursday, Garland admitted he “personally approved” the decision to seek a search warrant against the former president. The attorney general maintained, however, that he and the Justice Department were committed to upholding the rule of law.

In the articles of impeachment she filed Friday, Greene argued that Garland’s “personal approval to seek a search warrant for the raid on the home of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, constitutes a blatant attempt to persecute a political opponent.”

The motion went on to state that the attorney general “has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the justice system of the United States of America if allowed to remain in office.”

Despite widespread Republican opposition to the Justice Department’s actions, the articles of impeachment are unlikely to pass in Congress, where a two-thirds majority would be needed to convict the attorney general.

Several Republican lawmakers, nonetheless, have indicated they would be open to an impeachment effort against Garland, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).

In a tweet, Hawley wrote that, “At a minimum, Garland must resign or be impeached.”

“The raid by Joe Biden’s FBI on the homo of a former president who is also Biden’s chief political opponent is an unprecedented assault on democratic norms and the rule of law,” Hawley said.