While it is certainly possible that the new Republican-led House could work to formally impeach President Joe Biden, in reality, the threat of impeachment looms much larger over some of his subordinate Cabinet members, most particularly Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Just one week into the new Congress, the GOP House majority has already begun to take steps toward making good on its vows over the past two years to hold Sec. Mayorkas accountable for the administration’s historic failures in terms of adequately enforcing existing border security and illegal immigration laws, the Western Journal reported.
For his part, however, Mayorkas has blown off and downplayed the very real probability that he will face impeachment, if not at the very least multiple probing investigations into himself and his department with regard to the administration’s policies on border security and immigration.
Resign or face impeachment
In November, then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led a delegation of House Republicans to a particularly overwhelmed section of the nation’s southern border near El Paso, Texas, and specifically called out DHS Sec. Mayorkas by name during a press conference, according to The Texas Tribune at that time.
“We will use the power of the purse and the power of subpoena. Let me be clear: Those responsible for this disaster will be held accountable,” McCarthy said of the investigatory and oversight intentions of the then-incoming House GOP majority.
He then added as an ultimatum, “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure to determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiries.”
The Tribune noted at that time that, according to a DHS spokesperson, the secretary had no intentions of resigning and instead seemed to suggest that Republicans were at least partially at fault for the chaos at the border for proposing any solutions or agreeing to the border and immigration-related proposals of President Biden and congressional Democrats.
Mayorkas has no intention to resign
Fast-forward to Sunday, and Fox News reported that Sec. Mayorkas continues to stand defiant and dismissive of the House Republicans’ threat of investigations and impeachment against him.
During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” when pressed by host George Stephanopoulos about McCarthy’s prior remarks and if he intended to resign, Mayorkas replied, “I do not. I’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’re going to do it.”
When asked if he was prepared for the inevitable onslaught of congressional investigations, the secretary further responded, “I am, I will be, and I’ll continue to do my work throughout them.”
Articles of impeachment already filed
Meanwhile, though McCarthy had said in November that there would be investigations prior to a determination of whether or not to impeach Sec. Mayorkas, it seems that one of his members was too impatient to let that particular formality play out first, according to NBC News.
On Monday, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) formally filed articles of impeachment against Mayorkas for his alleged “high crimes and misdemeanors” with regard to the administration’s failed border security and immigration policies that have led to historically high and unprecedented levels of cross-border illegal entry and drug trafficking along the southern border.
“It is unfortunate that we have gotten to this point, but it is necessary. Secretary Mayorkas’s potential impeachment is not an accident,” Fallon said in a statement, according to NBC News. “He has willfully abdicated his duties as Secretary of Homeland Security and actively misled Congress and the American people. To make any progress at our southern border, he must go.”
Unfortunately, this may all be an exercise in futility, for while Fallon’s articles may well result in Mayorkas being formally impeached by the Republican-controlled House, it seems exceedingly unlikely that Mayorkas would even stand trial, much less be convicted and removed from office, by the Democrat-controlled Senate.