Senate Dems Might Seek to Dismiss Mayorkas Charges

( – Democrats hope to dismiss charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Mayorkas was impeached by the House in February by a 214-213 vote. The impeachment now moves to the Senate to consider the charges that Mayorkas “willfully and systematically” neglected to enforce immigration laws at the southern border and breach of public trust for lying to Congress about the border being secure.

According to several media outlets, Senate Democrats intend to dismiss the charges. Democrats hold the majority in the Senate, 51-49. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not yet stated what he intends to do.

Senator Debbie Stabenow, the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, claims the impeachment is “political” and “It’s not serious.” She said Democrats will work with Republicans to “do what we have to do” and “dispose of it as soon as possible.” House Speaker Mike Johnson decided to hold off on delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday and will delay it until Monday, April 15th.

Republicans want the impeachment to go to trial. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) pointed out that the Senate has never dismissed or tabled an impeachment. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said he wants Schumer to hold a “full and fair” impeachment trial.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) said he needed to refresh his memory and carefully review the charges against Mayorkas before deciding to vote to dismiss. He claims Republicans threw away a chance to “fix the border” a month ago by choosing to use the border crisis as a campaign issue. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) have not indicated how they will vote. Brown claims the impeachment is “just a distraction.”

Senate Republican Whip John Thune of South Dakota believes a Senate trial would allow senators to hold both President Joe Biden and Secretary Mayorkas responsible for the southern border crisis.

Schumer said Democrats would try and resolve the issues as quickly as possible and believes the impeachment is being used to settle policy disagreements.

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