GOP Reacts to Possible Dismissal of Mayorkas Trial

( – On Monday, April 8, several GOP senators took to the Senate chamber floor and called for an open impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as Democrats moved to table the articles.

One of them was Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas, who said that “a vote to block the impeachment” of Mayorkas was a vote to keep US borders open. Marshall also noted that such a move would be unprecedented because an impeachment trial “has never been tabled” by the Senate in US history.

Other senators who delivered remarks include Sens. Rick Scott, John Kennedy, Mike Lee, Eric Schmitt, Mike Braun, and John Cornyn. Both Scott and Marshall are on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The remarks come ahead of expectations that the Democrats in the Senate, after being sworn in as jurors, plan on using a procedural maneuver in order to dismiss the impeachment trial.

Schmitt maintains that a full trial is necessary and justified because Mayorkas “undermined” US laws, adding that he doesn’t understand why his “Democratic colleagues don’t care.” In Kennedy’s remarks, he noted how developing the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas took several months and accused the Democrats of wanting “to ignore the House’s evidence” and to “sweep it under the rug.”

Mayorkas is facing impeachment for his handling of the border crisis and the resulting surge of illegal immigration into the US since Biden took office. Democrats argue that the charges against the Homeland Security Secretary are not criminal but simply a policy dispute.

Despite the GOP’s concerns, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has given no indication that his party would quickly dismiss the trial and said in a recent letter that the articles of impeachment are expected to be delivered. He reminded the senators that it was “essential” they were present and sworn in as jurors on Thursday, April 11.

House Speaker Mike Johnson delayed delivering the articles until Monday, April 15.

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