House Fails to Impeach Mayorkas
In a landmark vote of 216-214 against impeachment, the House of Representatives absolved Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas of any responsibility for the border crisis that he created.
Before the vote, Reps. Ken Buck and Tom McClintock announced that they would vote no on impeachment. Mike Gallagher, R-WI, joined them in voting with the unified Democrats.
Rep. Blake Moore, R-UT, voted nay after the vote, but for procedural purposes so that the House could vote on the measure at a later date.
Gallagher voiced his concerns about impeachment in a meeting of the Republican Conference held behind closed doors on Tuesday morning.
Buck, who declared last year that this was his last term and who has publicly expressed a wish to work for CNN or msnbc, and McClintock who told Breitbart Daily last year he believed the impeachment was unconstitutional were seen as being immovable.
Gallagher voted with Democrats despite being manipulated on the House Floor by several members of Republican Leadership and Senior Members.
Moore, who is remarkably a member in the leadership of the House, voted against impeachment just seconds before the gavel fell. This was minutes after the final vote.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, who has been leading calls to impeach Mayorkas since over a year ago, insists that Mayorkas refusing to follow the law and alleged lying before Congress is clear grounds for his impeachment.
Greene, a Democrat, said in the House on Tuesday that “one cannot be impeached because of policy differences.” “Well, my argument is that breaking our laws goes beyond policy differences.”
The Speaker’s defeat is the latest in a series of losses for Mike Johnson (R – LA), who had inherited a thin majority, which was further weakened by the expulsion of Rep. George Santos, (R – NY), the early retirement of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R – CA), and the temporary absence of Majority leader Steve Scalise, (R – LA), who is recovering after cancer.
Johnson hasn’t announced any plans, but he may bring up the impeachment motion again tomorrow.