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Senate Dismisses Impeachment Charges Against Mayorkas After A Blink-And-You-Miss-It Trial

Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was welcomed back after the Senate dismissed charges of impeachment against him on Wednesday. Otherwise, it could have been the impeachment of a cabinet secretary in 150 years.

House of GOP succeeded in charging two impeachment articles against Mayorkas on February 13, after failing in their first attempt. The articles accuse the first Latino Homeland secretary of failing to enforce “necessary” immigration laws, resulting in an influx of undocumented migrants within the states, as well as for delivering false testimonies in his congressional oath, where he promised to keep the US-Mexico border safe.

Upon receiving enough votes from the House of Representatives in favor of impeachment, the case moved forward to the upper chamber dominated by Democrats. To the dismay of the House GOP, the trial ended only within three and a half hours. Near-party vote lines were in favor of the accused homeland official. It would have taken at least two-thirds of the chamber’s vote to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas.

Democrats passed a motion declaring all the accusations against Mayorkas were “unconstitutional” as they don’t “allege conduct that rises to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor.”

"Once and for all, the Senate has rightly voted down this baseless impeachment that even conservative legal scholars said was unconstitutional. President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas will continue doing their jobs to keep America safe and pursue actual solutions at the border. Congressional Republicans should join them instead of wasting time on baseless political stunts while killing real bipartisan border security reforms.” a White House spokesperson said.

Opponents, who wanted to highlight the Biden administration's inefficiency, expressed their disappointment, calling the trial “highly biased.”

"It just won't make any difference, right? If you can impeach, it will come over here and just be like, boom, gone, done, you don't have to do anything," Hawley said. "Why wouldn't a future Senate avail themselves of that to get rid of it and not have to go through a trial?" said Murray, Senate President.

With the very short trial, all the charges against Mayorkas were dismissed for good.


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