In a stunning defeat, the House rejected impeachment charges against the homeland security secretary, as rank-and-file lawmakers balked at what they considered a misuse of the process.
The United States House of Representatives rejected impeachment charges against Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, on Tuesday after a small group of Republicans broke with their party and refused to support what amounted to a partisan indictment of President Biden’s immigration policies.
The move dealt a stunning defeat to Speaker Mike Johnson, who had expressed confidence that he had the votes to charge Mr. Mayorkas with high crimes and misdemeanors for failing to lock down the United States border with Mexico amid a migrant surge, a move that Republicans have been promising for more than a year.
Speaker Johnson announces the resolution to impeach Mayorkas FAILS. Democrats cheer pic.twitter.com/m7ujYMVdsn
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Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.)
Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.)
Rep. John Duarte (Calif.)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.)
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.)
Rep. Cliff Bentz (Ore.)
Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.)
Rep. Mike Turner (Ohio.)
In a statement, McClintock said that while Mayorkas hasn’t done an efficient job as Homeland Security secretary, impeachment inquiries shouldn’t be used to punish someone over any political disagreement, noting that it is “antithetical to the fundamental architecture of the Constitution.”
“The House made a mockery of impeachment twice during the last session of Congress. We must not allow the left to become our teachers,” McClintock said. “If these clear constitutional principles are not restored, now, that power will be just one election from being turned against the constitutionalists on the Supreme Court, or upon any future Republican administration.”
Even though that liar deserved it.