Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is vowing to continue her pursuit to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after the House voted to put off her resolution last week, the Associated Press reported.
In a 209 to 201 vote, with eight Republicans joining with the Democrats, the House voted to send Greene’s resolution to impeach Mayorkas to committee like any other measure.
Greene bypassed the committee process to force a full House vote on Mayorkas’ impeachment by employing a House rule that permits a single member to call for a vote in the full House on a proposed resolution, including a resolution for impeachment.
While impeachment of a Cabinet member through a resolution vote would have been unprecedented, in her floor speech last week, Greene argued that the “pattern of conduct” from Secretary Mayorkas has been “incompatible with the laws of the United States.”
Greene cited Secretary Mayorkas’ “open border policies” and pointed to the unprecedented surge of migrants that have crossed the southern border since Joe Biden took office and the flow of illegal drugs including fentanyl as the justification for the secretary’s impeachment.
Greene accused Mayorkas in her resolution of not upholding his oath to “defend and secure our country” or “uphold the Constitution.”
After her resolution failed, Greene said she would try again to force a full house vote on Mayorkas’ impeachment, arguing that the eight Republicans who voted with the Democrats to send the resolution to committee would face pressure from voters to support her effort.
Greene said the Republicans who did not support the resolution were “tone deaf” to the wishes of their constituents and the American public.
In a November 20 statement explaining his opposition to Greene’s resolution, California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock explained that impeaching Mayorkas through a resolution would redefine impeachment in a way that would allow the Democrats to abuse the process if and when they retook the majority.
McClintock said the Democrats would use the same method to force the impeachment of conservative Supreme Court justices or Cabinet officials in a future Republican administration.