Senate Dems introduce new tactic with brief Mayorkas trial

by Will Tubbs

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News

In the days leading up to the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, speculation was rampant that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) would make history by refusing to host the proceeding. 

Wednesday, Schumer ultimately allowed the trial to proceed only to moments later call for votes that deemed unconstitutional both articles on which Mayorkas has been impeached. The votes went along party lines and, by the thinnest of margins, the left prevailed. 

It was the rare incremental-precedent-setting moment in history as Schumer went ahead with the trial, thereby not redefining how House impeachment hearings are handled but adding a new wrinkle to the political process by ending the trial as it began. 

“Impeachment should NEVER be used to settle policy disagreements,” Schumer posted on X. Her later added, “If the GOP spent a fraction of the effort they spent on this meritless impeachment towards working with Democrats on border reform, we might have passed the bipartisan border bill. But Trump told his GOP allies in Congress to kill it. Trump even said: ‘Please, blame it on me.’”

The first sentence of Schumer’s quote rang hollow with conservatives, who in unison pointed to a pair of impeachments against then-President Donald Trump that the right derided as political theater. It also figures to be the sentence Republicans in the future will use when, inevitably,  the roles are reversed and a Republican-held Senate quickly shoots down impeachment articles from a Democrat-led House. 

Unsurprisingly, Republicans were livid at the brevity of the trial. 

“Democrats set the awful precedent that cabinet secretaries have a free pass to shamelessly violate the law,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) posted on X Thursday. 

Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy expressed a similar sentiment, posting, “I’m trying to follow the Senate majority leader’s logic: What do you have to do to get impeached now? According to Democrats, a felony is not sufficient for impeachment. What’s above a felony?”

Mayorkas had been accused by the House of violating laws related to immigration and border security and making false statements while under oath to Congress.

“The decision by the Senate to reject House Republicans’ baseless attacks on Secretary Mayorkas proves definitively that there was no evidence or Constitutional grounds to justify impeachment,” Fox News quoted DHS spokesperson Mia Ehrenberg as saying. “As he has done throughout more than 20 years of dedicated public service, Secretary Mayorkas will continue working every day to enforce our laws and protect our country. It’s time for Congressional Republicans to support the Department’s vital mission instead of wasting time playing political games and standing in the way of commonsense, bipartisan border reforms.”

The Trump campaign, the leader of which is engaged in several highly publicized trials and is still upset over the dual impeachments, was disappointed to the maximum in the trial’s outcome. 

“Crooked Joe Biden and Secretary Mayorkas reversed President Trump’s effective border policies have allowed a border invasion of more than 14 million illegal criminals, murderers, rapists, and even known terrorists into our country,” Trump campaign spokesperson Karoline Leavitt told Fox. “They must be held accountable. In November, President Trump will fire Crooked Joe Biden and Mayorkas and secure the southern border on day one.” 

For Mayorkas, the win in the Senate was expected, even if it came much speedier than expected, but the secretary’s battle with Republicans is far from over. 

Even before the impeachment trial began, House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) subpoenaed Mayorkas to produce an exact accounting of how many “illegal aliens” have entered the U.S. during the Biden administration. 

On Thursday, Mayorkas was grilled and criticized harshly by senators when he testified on behalf of President Joe Biden’s budget. 

“Yesterday, your impeachment trial ensued in the Senate,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. “I don’t see this as a happy day, or a day I take relish or pleasure in. But it’s a sad day. A sad day in the sense that it’s come to this. This isn’t a debate over policy, it’s a debate over malfeasance, a debate over whether you’ve been telling the truth and whether you’ve been enforcing the law … All I can express is disappointment and bewilderment that the Democrats let you get away with it.”