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Influential lawmaker urges House GOP to expand Biden impeachment to border after Mayorkas vote

 “I hope we'll impeach Secretary Mayorkas tonight, but the buck stops with Joe Biden,” Rep. Jim Banks says.

Published: February 13, 2024 3:00pm

Updated: February 13, 2024 6:39pm

An influential House member and leading candidate for U.S. Senate is urging his Republican colleagues to follow up their vote Tuesday night on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by expanding the impeachment inquiry against Joe Biden to include the border crisis.

“I hope we'll impeach Secretary Mayorkas tonight, but the buck stops with Joe Biden,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., told Just the News in an exclusive interview Tuesday afternoon with the John Solomon Reports podcast. “All of the reasons that you're impeaching Secretary Mayorkas are doubly important to impeaching Joe Biden."

Banks is an influential voice in the House GOP conference having served previously as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee and now as a member of the select committee on communist China. He also is the leading contender for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Indiana, where Sen. Mike Braun is stepping down to run for governor.

Banks said he has confidence that after the Mayorkas vote that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan will help craft articles of impeachment against Biden that includes dereliction of duty at the southern U.S. border, where millions of illegal aliens have flooded into the country on his watch.

“If there's ever the right guy in the right place at the right time, it’s Chairman Jim Jordan of the Judiciary Committee,” Banks said. “I have no doubt that that when we get to the articles of impeachment, the border has to be one of the main articles, on top of the corruption, on top of everything else this administration has done to abuse its power, to abuse the privileges of being president, to cover up Hunter Biden's crimes and then to politicize the FBI.

“There are many reasons to impeach,” he added. “But for me, the border is at the top of the list."

Congressman Ben Cline, R-Va., agreed that Banks' idea was a logical step for the House to take. 

"Well, it is," he said on the Tuesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show when asked about the idea of expanding the Biden impeachment to include the border crisis. 

"If he indeed gave Secretary Mayorkas instructions to not enforce our borders, essentially ignore U.S. law and ignore our detention policies, ignore our parole laws, and allow these people into the country," he said on the Tuesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "You've seen how many people on the terrorist watch list have come across the border. It is truly threatening our national security. If that's not a high crime or misdemeanor, I don't know what is," Cline said. 

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said that the idea is worth considering. 

"I think that's certainly something that should be considered," he said. "This has just spiraled out of control. We talk about Joe Biden lying about having no knowledge of what his family was doing and lying about meeting with all the people that sent his family millions of dollars. He's lied countless times about the fact that the border wasn't secure. He said it was secure and now he's lying."

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