House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) says he is still moving forward with articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) December 17, 2023
Republicans have been threatening an impeachment inquiry since they gained control of the House during the 2022 midterm elections. More than a year later, however, Mayorkas is still the Secretary and no impeachment attempt has been made.
“Our country may never recover from Secretary Mayorkas’ dereliction of duty,” Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said last November just a month before becoming Speaker.
“This is why today I am calling on the secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position. If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate. Every order, every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry.”
More than a year later, there is still discussion about whether or not the impeachment process can begin.
Green told Fox News that his committee has been investigating Mayorkas for months and that they are set to conclude in December. Explaining why he is leading the push now, Green said the secretary is “derelict in his duty, he’s broken the laws of the United States that have passed Congress, he’s lied to Congress. This guy needs to go.”
Green’s remarks were made in light of a push from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to try and force a vote to begin the impeachment process. Had she been successful, it could have undercut the work that has been done thus far by the Homeland Security Committee.
Greene introduced an impeachment resolution targeting Mayorkas back in May and then moved to force a vote on the measures last month. She wanted action rather than words.
🚨BREAKING: I just reintroduced articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas!
While some members, like Tom McClintock, want to bloviate endlessly while imagining themselves wearing a powdered wig, the American people want action.
These members whine about “due… pic.twitter.com/jerVE8JMK8
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 29, 2023
According to The Hill, eight Republicans joined Democrats “in supporting a motion to refer the impeachment resolution to the Homeland Security Committee, blocking it from coming to the floor for a vote and shielding lawmakers from having to weigh in on the matter directly.”
Green said on Fox News that after the investigation concluded later in December, the committee would have “three or four hearings in January” and then edit the impeachment articles based on those hearings. Green is trying to build a better, more thorough case against Mayorkas before entering a very difficult impeachment process.
The Department of Homeland Security responded with a statement that called the impeachment attempt a “baseless attack” and “completely without merit.” It also stated that “Secretary Mayorkas continues to be laser-focused on the safety and security of our nation.”