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Senate convenes the Mayorkas impeachment trial as Democrats seek a quick dismissal


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MARY CLARE JALONICK

Apr. 17 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly moved Wednesday to end the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for separate votes to dismiss two articles of impeachment soon after the proceedings began.

If the Senate votes to dismiss the articles, the trial will be over before arguments start. Schumer said the House Republicans' case fails to meet "the high standard of high crimes and misdemeanors" and could set a dangerous precedent.

“For the sake of the Senate's integrity and to protect impeachment for those rare cases we truly need it, senators should dismiss today's charges,” said Schumer, D-N.Y.

 

The House narrowly voted in February to impeach Mayorkas for his handling of the border, arguing in the two articles that he “willfully and systematically” refused to enforce immigration laws. House impeachment managers delivered the charges to the Senate on Tuesday, standing in the well of the Senate and reading them aloud to a captive audience of senators.

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2 minutes ago, Valin said:
MSM/AP

MARY CLARE JALONICK

Apr. 17 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly moved Wednesday to end the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for separate votes to dismiss two articles of impeachment soon after the proceedings began.

If the Senate votes to dismiss the articles, the trial will be over before arguments start. Schumer said the House Republicans' case fails to meet "the high standard of high crimes and misdemeanors" and could set a dangerous precedent.

“For the sake of the Senate's integrity and to protect impeachment for those rare cases we truly need it, senators should dismiss today's charges,” said Schumer, D-N.Y.

 

The House narrowly voted in February to impeach Mayorkas for his handling of the border, arguing in the two articles that he “willfully and systematically” refused to enforce immigration laws. House impeachment managers delivered the charges to the Senate on Tuesday, standing in the well of the Senate and reading them aloud to a captive audience of senators.

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Apr 17, 2024

After the impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas were dismissed by Democrats, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized them for refusing to hold a trial.

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The Senate has dismissed all impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, ending the House Republican push to remove the Cabinet secretary from office over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border and ending his trial before arguments even began

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