Schumer Slams Mayorkas Impeachment

( – Following a historic vote seeking accountability for the migrant crisis caused by the mismanagement of the southern border, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sharply criticized the House’s decision to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Schumer called the effort a “sham” and a source of “embarrassment” for House Republicans and suggested they have sunk to “a new low.”

Disregarding the critical situation at the border Schumer claimed the impeachment was an effort by Speaker Johnson to satisfy former President Donald Trump following a previous failed vote of 214-213 along party lines.

The vote aimed to hold Mayorkas accountable for failing to enforce immigration laws and violating the public trust by lying to Congress.

Schumer further contested the basis of the impeachment and asserted that the House’s allegations failed to meet the constitutional criteria of high crimes or misdemeanors.

“House Republicans failed to produce any evidence that Secretary Mayorkas has committed any crime,” Schumer stated. He then said the effort marked “a new low” since “House Republicans failed to show he has violated the Constitution. House Republicans failed to present evidence of anything resembling an impeachable offense.”

While Schumer has not disclosed how the Senate might proceed with the impeachment charges forwarded by the House, senators from both parties acknowledge that the accusations against Mayorkas are unlikely to secure the 67 votes needed in the Senate for a conviction and subsequent removal from office.

Schumer faces a choice: he could call for a vote on a motion to dismiss the charges, which required a simple majority, or he could opt to assign the issue to a special evidentiary committee.

This approach mirrors the Senate’s actions during its last impeachment trial of a federal official below the presidency concerning Louisiana Judge Thomas Porteous in 2010.

If Mayorkas’ impeachment is handed over to a special committee, it is anticipated that the Senate will delay any potential resolution and might not vote on the matter until after the November elections.