Senate Rejects Impeachment Articles Against Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Senate swiftly disposed of the impeachment articles against Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, closing the historic trial before it gained momentum as the Democratic majority dismissed GOP attempts to prolong the process.

After House Republicans impeached Mayorkas on February 13, the Senate proceedings ended within hours, with most votes falling along party lines. The articles accused Mayorkas of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” and “breach of public trust,” but only Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski dissented, voting present on the first article.

Senate Trial About Alejandro Mayorkas

The Senate trial, viewed as a failed political maneuver by House Republicans, aimed to spotlight the Biden administration’s handling of the southern border before the general election. However, constitutional experts deemed the evidence insufficient to warrant impeachment.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed a time agreement, allowing floor debates and votes on trial resolutions, but Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt objected, leading to procedural motions. Eventually, Schumer’s motion to table both articles passed, effectively killing the impeachment attempt.

Despite Democratic criticism of the impeachment as a political ploy, some Republicans opposed quick dismissal, emphasizing the Senate’s duty to consider the charges seriously. Efforts by hard-right Republican senators to force a full trial failed along party lines.

Republicans had targeted Mayorkas over border issues, but the White House and DHS defended him, labeling the impeachment as baseless. Amid the impeachment inquiry, the White House and DHS prioritized border security reforms, which faced opposition from Senate Republicans earlier this year.

The Senate’s rejection of the impeachment proceedings was praised by the White House and DHS, who urged Congressional Republicans to focus on bipartisan border reforms instead of political games.