President Joe Biden was blasted on social media this week over a past anti-Trump tweet that critics said showed he should be impeached for withholding some weapons from Israel if it moves forward with a military operation in Rafah, Gaza.

President Joe Biden was blasted on social media this week over a past anti-Trump tweet that critics said showed he should be impeached for withholding some weapons from Israel if it moves forward with a military operation in Rafah, Gaza.

“President Trump withheld Congressionally appropriated aid to Ukraine unless they granted him a political favor,” Biden tweeted as a candidate in 2019 about the impeachment push against Trump over a phone call with Ukraine that Democrats claimed was a “quid pro quo.”

“It’s the definition of quid pro quo. This is no joke—Trump continues to put his own personal, political interests ahead of the national interest. He must be impeached.”

Trump was ultimately impeached for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” related to his dealings with Ukraine.

Biden’s 2019 post drew immediate push back on social media from conservatives who argued that Biden’s recent move to withhold some military aid from Israel due to his objection to their military campaign in Gaza was similar to what Democrats accused Trump of during the impeachment.

“Joe Biden endorses his own impeachment,” Red State writer Bonchie posted on X.

“Wow — how newly relevant,” New York Post reporter Jon Levine posted on X.

“Joe Biden is withholding Congressionally appropriated aid to Israel unless they grant him a political favor. It’s the definition of quid pro quo,” conservative communicator Steve Guest posted on X.

“This is no joke—Biden continues to put his own personal, political interests ahead of the national interest. He must be impeached,” Federalist co-founder Sean Davis posted on X.

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“Joe Biden withheld Congressionally appropriated aid to uproot Hamas in a political pay off pro-Hamas radicals,” Trump adviser Stephen Miller posted on X. “This warrants impeachment and criminal investigation — including exploring all ties between Biden aides and Iran.”

Some have pushed back on the suggestion that Biden committed an impeachable offense, including those who have pointed to a 2020 report from the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan office that analyzes U.S. policy, that says, “The Arms Export Control Act of 1961 “prohibits the sale or delivery of U.S.-origin defense articles if the President finds that a recipient country has used such articles for unauthorized purposes.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, a White House official dismissed the accusations of hypocrisy as “ridiculous.”

“Senior administration officials had already made multiple public statements about Rafah similar to the President’s, including that we are also ensuring Israel gets every dollar appropriated in the supplemental,” the official said. “Trump failed to spend dollars appropriated by Congress that he was legally required to spend. This is about a purchase made by a foreign government using its own funds, not funds appropriated by Congress, and our decision whether to deliver that purchase right now, which could enable an operation we’ve publicly and privately objected to.”

House Republicans disagree with the assessment from the White House as evidenced by news on Friday that articles of impeachment were filed against President Biden over the controversy.

“In violation of his oath to faithfully execute the office of President and to uphold the Constitution, President Biden abused the powers of his office by soliciting a ‘quid pro quo’ with Israel while leveraging vital military aid for policy changes,” GOP Rep. Cory Mills said in a statement first reported by Fox News Digital.

“This egregious action not only compromised the credibility of the United States but also undermined the interests of our longstanding ally, Israel. Therefore, President Biden’s conduct warrants impeachment, trial, removal from office, and disqualification from holding any future office under the United States.”

Biden has faced criticism from members of his own party as well including Democratic Rep. Ritchie Tores, who said he suspects that Biden is “pandering to the far left.”

“It looks like election year politics was driving it,” Tores said. “That’s my impression.”
Fox Business host Stuart Varney confronted House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, on Friday over a new effort to impeach President Joe Biden, asking Scalise on Varney & Co., “Where’s the crime?”

Representative Cory Mills, a Florida Republican, has filed an article of impeachment against Biden over his threat to withhold aid to Israel if it invades Rafah, a city in southern Gaza to which roughly 1.4 million Palestinians have been pushed as Israel bombed northern Gaza.

On Friday, Varney asked Scalise, “On what grounds would you impeach President Biden?”

“What he’s done to Israel, walking away from our strongest ally in the Middle East is disgraceful,” Scalise responded. “Our main objective is to get Israel the support they need, to show that we stand with our ally Israel even if Biden’s walking away because he is trying to appease the pro-Hamas wing of his party.”

Varney pushed: “But is it a high crime and misdemeanor to walk away from a big ally? Where’s the crime?”

Scalise dodged Varney’s question, shifting to discuss legislation being drafted that would require Biden to deliver the aid to Israel that Congress passed last month.

A White House official told Newsweek via email on Friday: “Senior administration officials had already made multiple public statements about Rafah similar to the President’s, including that we are also ensuring Israel gets every dollar appropriated in the supplemental.

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“[Former President Donald] Trump failed to spend dollars appropriated by Congress that he was legally required to spend. This is about a purchase made by a foreign government and our decision whether to deliver that purchase right now, which could enable an operation we’ve publicly and privately objected to.”

Newsweek reached out to Scalise’s office via email and Mills’ office via phone for comment on Friday.

Biden signed a $95.3 billion aid package last month that included $26.4 billion for the Israel-Hamas war—$15 billion in Israeli military aid, $9 billion in humanitarian aid for Gaza and $2.4 billion for regional U.S. military operations.

Last week, Biden paused shipments of 2,000-pound bombs, telling CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday, “Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers.”

“I made it clear that if they go into Rafah—they haven’t gone into Rafah yet—if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities—that deal with that problem,” Biden said.

Speaking to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Friday, Mills justified the article of impeachment, saying, “It’s really no different if you go back to what President Biden had tweeted out previously; he said that withholding congressionally appropriated aid for a return of a political gain is in some way a quid pro quo and that [then-] President Trump should be impeached with regards to Ukraine.”

Trump was impeached in December 2019 overabuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The impeachment stemmed from a whistleblower complaint in which Trump was accused of threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine until Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, over foreign business dealings. Trump was later acquitted by the Senate.

MacCallum pushed Mills: “A lot of people make the [former President Ronald] Reagan comparison and in 1981, he delayed a shipment of U.S. F-16 fighter bombers to Israel in an effort to restrain what the Secretary of State [Alexander] Haig, at the time, called an ‘escalating violence in the Middle East.’ And don’t you think that the president would say, ‘The reason that I’m holding back on this is because I wanna protect the people in the Palestinian territory and I wanna cool things off?'”

“Well, I think that’s actually the opposite of what he’s trying to do because he’s continued to try and put aid into Gaza that’s falling into the hands of Hamas, who’s selling that aid to the Palestinian people in need to help fund a potential counteroffensive,” Mills responded.