Senators Reject Impeachment Articles Against Top Official

Senators Reject Impeachment Articles Against Top Official

( – Millions of migrants have poured across the border since President Joe Biden took office. There has been much controversy between the federal government and the states about how to best address the influx, and many Republican-led states have taken matters into their own hands. In Congress, House Conservatives are looking to hold the Biden Administration responsible. It took two tries, but they managed to pass two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. However, they soon died in the Senate.

On Wednesday, April 17, the Senate voted against the articles of impeachment, one accusing Mayorkas of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” and one alleging he broke public trust. They dismissed the charges, maintaining that they did not meet the conditions “of a high crime of misdemeanor” per Article 2 and declaring them both unconstitutional. The trial lasted just three hours, and the votes were along party lines, 51-49.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made his displeasure known, saying Democrats “set a very dangerous precedent here” in ignoring the House’s directions to hold a trial. He said the Senate “had no evidence, no procedure,” and it wasn’t “a proud day in [its] history.” Republicans even tried to push the trial back, moving to adjourn the proceedings until after election day, but efforts failed.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who introduced a plan to initiate a debate that was shut down, let McConnell’s comments fall by the wayside, saying the real injustice and failure was the House’s pursuit of Mayorkas in a move that was “hallow, frivolous, political.” He further said Republicans were the ones to set the “dangerous precedent” when they let “impeachment take the place of policy disagreements.”

The day after the vote, Mayorkas appeared in front of Congress to testify about increased funding for the Homeland Security Department. Yet, he faced intense scrutiny, and several of the questions asked of him centered on the impeachment articles, which he admitted to not reading.

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