House Impeaches DHS Secretary Mayorkas

In a vote of 214 to 213, the House of Representatives impeached Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Democrat-controlled Senate is not expected to take up the vote.

Last week, the House GOP’s efforts to impeach Mayorkas failed in a vote of 214 to 216.

The White House released a statement on the impeachment.

“History will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games,” it reads. “Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States with his family as political refugees, has spent more than two decades serving America with integrity in a decorated career in law enforcement and public service. From his time in the Justice Department as a U.S. Attorney to his service as Deputy Secretary and now Secretary of Homeland Security, he has upheld the rule of law faithfully and has demonstrated a deep commitment to the values that make our nation great.”

Biden called the impeachment a “political stunt.”

“This impeachment already failed once on a bipartisan vote. Instead of staging political stunts like this, Republicans with genuine concerns about the border should want Congress to deliver more border resources and stronger border security.”

“Sadly, the same Republicans pushing this baseless impeachment are rejecting bipartisan plans Secretary Mayorkas and others in my administration have worked hard on to strengthen border security at this very moment — reversing from years of their own demands to pass stronger border bills,” the statement continued. “Giving up on real solutions right when they are needed most in order to play politics is not what the American people expect from their leaders. Congress needs to act to give me, Secretary Mayorkas, and my administration the tools and resources needed to address the situation at the border. The House also needs to pass the Senate’s national security supplemental right away. We will continue pursuing real solutions to the challenges Americans face, and House Republicans have to decide whether to join us to solve the problem or keep playing politics with the border.”

The last Cabinet secretary impeached was William W. Belknap in 1876, charged with corruption during Ulysses S. Grant’s presidency. He was acquitted by the Senate.