House Republicans fail to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alexander Mayorkas

In a stunning blow to GOP leaders, the House rejected an attempt to impeach the Secretary of Homeland Security Alexander Mayorkas on Tuesday, after a number of Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the vote.

The final vote was 214 votes to 216.

The whole effort was just a political ploy, and had one goal: to help Donald Trump appear tough on border issues before the presidential election in November. the Republican Party Two articles of accusation Mayorkas was accused of “willful” refusal to comply with immigration laws and violating the public trust.

But they are No evidence was provided That Mayorkas committed crimes – let alone crimes that meet the minimum impeachable offenses. The Constitution stipulates that impeachment procedures are reserved for rare cases of “High crimes and misdemeanorsSuch as bribery or treason.

In the case of Mayorkas, the Cabinet Secretary in charge of immigration enforcement, the Republican Party was attacking him for policies it did not like.

In the run-up to the vote, House Speaker Mike Johnson, a constitutional lawyer, touted his legal credentials and said he had no choice but to impeach him.

“In my review and understanding and everything I have known, read and studied over the years, I do not believe there has ever been a Cabinet secretary who has so blatantly, publicly, intentionally and without remorse done the opposite of what the former president did.” Johnson said in a press conference that federal law requires him to do so. “It is an extreme measure, but extreme times call for extreme measures.”

But a number of Republicans found Johnson’s speech unconvincing, saying that while they may not agree with the Biden administration’s policies, it would be futile and unconstitutional to impeach Mayorkas.

“The problem is they failed to define the impeachable offense that Mayorkas committed,” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), one of the GOP members who voted against impeachment, said Tuesday morning. 10 page memo Criticizing his party’s efforts.

“In fact, they are expanding and distorting the Constitution in order to hold the administration responsible for expanding and distorting the law,” he said.

McClintock echoed the sentiments of Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), who was the first Republican to announce his opposition to impeachment.

“It’s mismanagement. (Mayorkas) is terrible. The border is a disaster.” He told reporters Last Thursday. “But this is not impeachable.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) took a major blow after failing to muster the votes needed to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) took a major blow after failing to muster the votes needed to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) took a major blow after failing to muster the votes needed to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) took a major blow after failing to muster the votes needed to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

House Republicans can change immigration policies they don’t like by passing bipartisan legislation through Congress. They have spent months screaming about the need to address border security, and in the Senate, some Republicans have already taken action The long-awaited draft law was unveiled This week with bipartisan support for changing immigration policies.

But they ran into an obstacle: Trump.

Last month’s Republican presidential nominee inserted himself into Senate negotiations and He personally commanded his party Not passing any bipartisan border bills, because they would give President Joe Biden a win before the presidential election in November.

Amid the confusion between angering Trump and appearing pathetic by not addressing the border problems they pledged to address, House Republicans settled on going after Mayorkas.

Even if they succeed in impeaching Mayorkas, the articles of impeachment will go nowhere in the Senate.

“There have already been too many shameful and embarrassing moments in this Republican majority in the House,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) said last week. “But abusing the Constitution by pursuing these bogus impeachment efforts is a new and shameful level.”

“Let this be clear: This half-hearted spectacle by House Republicans does nothing — nothing — to secure our border,” he said.

Republican senators didn’t want to have anything to do with the House impeachment effort either.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R.N.D.) called it “the stupidest exercise and waste of time.”

“What’s interesting to me is that the Speaker of the House says the (borders) bill in the Senate…is dead on arrival,” Cramer said. He told reporters Tuesday. “Then they proceed to sack the Cabinet Secretary, who is clearly dead on arrival.”

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