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Senate Rejects One of Two Impeachment Articles Against Mayorkas

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (Credits: Vanity Fair)

The U.S. Senate has dismissed the first of two impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, marking a remarkable step in the potential conclusion of his impeachment trial.

The charge, which accused Mayorkas of a “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” in his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, was rejected by a vote of 51-48, with all votes falling along party lines except for Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who voted “present.”

This dismissal comes despite heightened political tension, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer advocating for a quick end to the impeachment process. Schumer has called for a vote to dismiss the second article as well, which accuses Mayorkas of breaching trust by falsely claiming the border was secure.


Mayorkas (Credits: The Hill)

Schumer argues that the charges do not meet the Constitution’s high bar for “high crimes and misdemeanors” and that proceeding with the trial could set a dangerous precedent.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Urges Postponement of the Proceedings

The motion to impeach Mayorkas was narrowly passed by the House in February, driven by claims from House Republicans that he systematically failed to enforce immigration laws.

However, with Democrats holding a slim majority in the Senate, the likelihood of a conviction—which requires a two-thirds majority—appears slim. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has pushed for a delay in the proceedings, reflecting divisions within the party on how to proceed.

This impeachment trial, the third in five years following two against former President Donald Trump, places Senate Republicans in a difficult position.

While most oppose a quick dismissal, figures like Senator Mitt Romney have expressed doubts about the likelihood of a conviction and have voiced concerns over Mayorkas’s performance without endorsing the impeachment’s constitutional basis.

Mayorkas (Credits: The New York Times)

Meanwhile, Mayorkas, focused on his duties as Secretary, was in New York launching a campaign for children’s online safety, highlighting his ongoing commitment to his departmental responsibilities despite the political turmoil in Washington.

As the Senate continues to handle this complex political scenario, the outcome of the trial could seriously impact the political landscape, especially with immigration and border security being critical issues in the upcoming presidential election.

The possibility of dismissing the second article or the formation of a trial committee to further investigate the charges will be key factors to watch in the exposing political drama.

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