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House GOP ramping up Mayorkas impeachment while Biden's potential impeachment stalls

Greene says House Speaker Johnson guaranteed that Mayorkas would be impeached before she decided to pull her impeachment resolution from consideration ahead of the vote: "The impeachment resolution will be reaching the floor soon." President Biden does not seem to be in such immediate peril.

Published: November 30, 2023 11:00pm

House Speaker Mike Johnson and the Republican-led Homeland Security Committee have "guaranteed" that a resolution to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will move from the committee to the House floor, according to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., demonstrating that the GOP views him as an easier target for removal than President Joe Biden.

Greene said she decided to pull her Mayorkas impeachment resolution from consideration ahead of the vote on Thursday after she had conversations with Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., and Johnson, who committed to ramping up the impeachment process against Mayorkas. 

While the House GOP has started investigating the Biden family's foreign business dealings, their roadmap for the impeachment of Biden has yet to emerge.

Johnson said Wednesday that the evidence the House GOP has uncovered related to those foreign business deals is "alarming" but he expressed caution about the path forward on impeachment.

“While we take no pleasure in the proceedings here, we have a responsibility to do it,” Johnson said, regarding the ongoing Biden impeachment investigation. “We owe it to the American people to continue this process but to do it methodically and transparently.”

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer recently said his committee is certain that a $40,000 check sent to Biden from his brother James was money from China.

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., reportedly told the House GOP Conference this week that a formal House vote on an impeachment inquiry against Biden could come soon but he hasn't disclosed a timeline.

Meanwhile, Greene made a second attempt to hold a vote on an impeachment resolution against Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis. A House Judiciary Committee report found that about 2.1 million illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. under Biden as of March 2023.

The GOP-led House voted 209-201 against Greene's first impeachment resolution against Mayorkas, instead referring it to the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Greene decided to introduce a second impeachment resolution against Mayorkas, which was scheduled for a House floor vote on Thursday before it was withdrawn from consideration. 

Greene said both Green and Johnson had guaranteed that the committee will move forward with impeachment against Mayorkas so she pulled the second resolution from floor consideration on Thursday. 

"I’ve been guaranteed by Speaker Johnson and Chairman Green that we’ll be moving forward with impeaching Secretary Mayorkas through the Homeland Committee," Greene wrote on the social media platform X. "I’m happy with the plan moving forward to do our work for the American people. The impeachment resolution will be reaching the floor soon."

Green put out a statement on Thursday evening blasting Democrats who oppose the committee's commitment to ramping up the impeachment effort against Mayorkas.

“Every House Democrat on the floor a couple weeks ago voted to send the impeachment resolution to the Committee on Homeland Security, so the hysterics now are blatantly hypocritical and unserious," Green said.

"You don’t get to vote for something and then complain when it happens. This, of course, is part of a tired pattern where Democrats refuse to defend Secretary Mayorkas’ open-borders policies. This Committee has been diligently investigating Secretary Mayorkas’ intentional border crisis for most of this year. We are nearing the conclusion, and will—as I’ve said all along—go where the facts lead us.”

Despite Green's commitment, some Republicans noted that impeachment is not at the top of the priority list before the year's end.

"Heading into Christmas, it's probably not a top of the list, and in Congress, we seem to major in the minor when it comes to serious cuts. We just don't do it," he said, referring to cutting the nation's deficit. "So, that's more important than who gets impeached."

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