House Republicans are pressing forward with impeaching Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas – as their efforts to remove President Biden from office have a murkier path.
The dueling impeachment inquiries have been a somewhat uniting messaging point for the notoriously fractious Republican conference as even a share of moderate members have signaled they are support impeaching the DHS secretary.
And while the Mayorkas inquiry is pressing ahead at lightning speed with an anticipated impeachment vote on January 31, the Biden inquiry is moving at a slower pace.
Republicans announced last week that they have successfully landed interviews with some of Hunter Biden’s inner circle they will conduct over the next several weeks.
And Hunter himself will be grilled on Capitol Hill at the end of February, after weeks of back and forth and a contempt of Congress threat.
A Biden impeachment vote is not yet in the works as Republicans have yet to criminally tie Joe Biden to Hunter’s shady business dealings.
House Republicans are pressing forward with impeaching Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas – as their efforts to remove President Biden from office have a murkier path
Neither Mayorkas nor Biden are likely to ever be removed from office by Congress as their impeachments would not pass through the Senate.
The Homeland Security Committee wrapped up impeachment hearings and is expected to vote on articles of impeachment for Mayorkas on January 31 when the House returns from recess. From there, the articles can move to the House floor.
The proceedings lasted only a little over a week, with two public hearings and no appearance from Mayorkas himself. Republicans are charging him with high crimes and misdemeanors for failing for failing to maintain operational security at the southern border.
It also comes as the Senate is continuing to hash out a bipartisan deal to combine border security provisions with money for Ukraine and Israel.
The deal is seemingly a long shot, as Republicans in the House say they won’t accept any border security provisions that are less than what they passed in H.R. 2, their conservative House border bill.
Months ago it seemed impeaching Mayorkas had lost steam as the Biden impeachment inquiry was launched and authorized with a full House vote.
But the secretary was brought back into the crosshairs after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., forced a full House vote on impeachment, which resulted in a vote to send the articles back to the Homeland Security Committee.
During the last impeachment hearing last week ranking member Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., tore into Republicans for moving so quickly with the proceedings and failing to provide further funds to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Hunter Biden will be grilled on Capitol Hill next month, after weeks of back and forth and a contempt threat
‘Those people who have voted against putting more resources on the border, who voted against improving technology along the border, or engagement with countries such as Mexico, who’ve never voted for it, now all of a sudden the problem is the man who’s in charge, who’s only carrying out the policies of the person he works for,’ Thomson said.
He also knocked House Republicans for snubbing the Senate’s immigration policy negotiations, noting ‘those real levers of power don’t seem to be flashy enough for my Republican colleagues.’
Meanwhile all 18 Republican members of the Homeland Security Committee released a statement on Thursday saying they back impeaching Mayorkas.
But a successful impeachment vote is not guaranteed, especially with the House GOP’s three-seat majority. Homeland Security Chair Mark Green has been holding one-on-one meetings with Republicans dubious of whether Mayorkas’ actions amount to high crimes and misdemeanors.
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., has warned impeaching Mayorkas sets a ‘dangerous’ precedent but said he’ll keep an open mind on the prospect.
It comes as border crossings have reached formerly unimaginable records. Some 300,000 migrants attempted to cross into the U.S. through the U.S.-Mexico border in December.
More than one million people have been allowed into the U.S. under the Biden administration on the basis of parole alone, according to a new CBS report.
But with a fresh sense of urgency, immigration officials filed some 265,000 deportation cases in December, a figure that is higher than the total number of cases for any entire fiscal year from 2001 to 2017, according to Syracuse’s nonpartisan research group TRAC Reports.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the Homeland Security Committee, led a bipartisan delegation to the border in McAllen, Texas over the weekend where he tore into Mayorkas.
‘When I go home the No. 1 issue is the border, and this one man is the architect of destruction down here,’ he said on Fox News over the weekend.
‘One man has caused all this chaos, deaths of fentanyl poisoning, you know, danger to the country with terrorists coming in, 8 million encounters with no legal status. He is the architect. He has destroyed the fabric of this nation.’