US Senate votes to adjourn impeachment trial of Homeland Security head


Anjali Sharma
GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON, 19th April. US Senate on Thursday has voted to adjourn the impeachment trial of the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas which ended the GOP efforts to take down the Joe Biden administration’s top border security lawwnforcement official.

The upper chamber adjourned the impeachment trial by a vote of 51-49 after the two articles against Mayorkas fell on constitutional points of order, as Democrats argued they did not rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanours”, nedws media reported.

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will step down in November, criticized the precedent set stated that it is not a proud day for the Senate.

Republican held House of Representatives in Febuarary voted to impeach Mayorkas made him the first cabinet member to be impeached in 150 years.

Mayorkas was impeached for “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” in enforcing border policy and for breaching public trust.

GOP blame the influx of immigrants on “dereliction of duty” by Mayorkas and ssaid that the Homeland Security Secretary needs to step down because of it.

They have berated Mayorkas at hearings the House Homeland Security Committee has held on the border crisis since last year.

Both the Department of Homeland Security and congressional Democrats have dismissed the endeavours to impeach Mayorkas as politically driven manoeuvres.

They called the impeachment effort “bad politics and bad policy.”

Tom McClintock, one of the three House Republicans who voted against the impeachment, stressed that House Republicans were attempting to overstep boundaries by advocating for Mayorkas’ removal from office for implementing President Joe Biden’s border policies.

House Representative Ken Buck from Colorado voted against the impeachment announced his departure, told media it was the “worst year of the 9 years and three months that I’ve been in Congress.”


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