House Democrats, with the assistance of a eight Republicans, voted down an effort led by GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene within the House of Representatives to question Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a straight up or down vote.
The eight Republicans who joined Democrats within the 209-201 vote killing the trouble included Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., John Duarte, R-Calif., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Cliff Bentz, R-Ore., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio.
Additionally, 11 Democrats and 12 Republicans didn’t vote on the measure.
Greene voiced her displeasure in a video posted on X, saying that the eight Republicans voted to “protect” Mayorkas from impeachment, which she known as, “unbelievable.”
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“We had eight Republicans vote with the Democrats to send my articles of impeachment back to committee where articles of impeachment go to die,” Greene stated.
Rep. McClintock’s workplace directed Fox News Digital to a press launch explaining that the “grounds for impeachment are explicitly laid out in the Constitution” and that the allegations towards Mayorkas don’t meet the edge although Mayorkas is “the worst cabinet secretary in American history.”
“Yes, Alejandro Mayorkas must be held accountable for his egregious failures – there’s no doubt about that. By giving the Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Jordan, the opportunity to conduct a full-scale impeachment inquiry the right way, House Republicans are fulfilling the commitments we made to the American people and rising to a level that Democrats could never do,” Rep. Foxx stated in a press launch after her vote.
“Secretary Mayorkas has not committed an impeachable offense,” Rep. Buck instructed CNN on Monday evening. “I disagree strongly with how he’s handling the border, I think the border is porous, I think it’s a threat to this country, but it’s not a high crime or misdemeanor, it’s not treason, it’s not bribery, it’s not the crimes or issues our founders set forth in the Constitution.”
In a press release to Fox News Digital, Rep. Turner denied that Republicans voted to “kill” an impeachment and that the movement was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security for correct reality discovering.
“No one voted to kill an impeachment inquiry – there is currently an ongoing investigation into Secretary Mayorkas in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s resolution was referred to the ongoing Homeland Security Committee’s investigation under Chairman Mark Green,” Turner stated. “When his investigation is complete, he can at any time refer fully documented Articles of Impeachment to the House, which will pass overwhelmingly.”
Rep. Issa launched a press release saying that Mayorkas “deserves to face an impeachment trial” and posted on social media that he “can’t wait to testify.”
“We didn’t kill a Mayorkas impeachment,” Issa instructed Fox News Digital. “We voted to start impeachment hearings the entire country will watch. If we impeach Mayorkas today, Senate Democrats will feel free to reject it today. We want hearings where Democrats are forced go on the record and finally have to defend Biden’s historic border disaster. That’s the last thing they want.”
Greene launched the decision to question Mayorkas on Thursday, which might have compelled a vote on impeachment with no listening to or a committee markup. If voted on and handed, it might have despatched his impeachment straight to the Senate for trial.
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The Department of Homeland Security responded to the vote with a press release accusing Congress of “wasting time,” and calling on it to “do its job by funding the government, reforming our broken immigration system, reauthorizing vital tools for DHS, and passing the Administration’s supplemental request to properly resource the Department’s critical work to stop fentanyl and further secure our borders.”
Mayorkas has confronted intense scrutiny from Republicans over his report, which incorporates presiding over report ranges of unlawful immigration that features greater than 600,000 “gotaways” on the southern border in fiscal yr 2023 and over 900,000 unlawful immigrants launched into the inside of the United States by the Border Patrol in FY 2023.
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“The fact is he’s just not living up to his oath,” GOP Rep. Anthony D’Esposito instructed Fox News Digital in June. “Not only is he failing the administration, he is failing the American people. And that’s my biggest concern.”
Fox News Digital’s Brandon Gillespie and Chad Pergram contributed to this report