Biden Issues Statement On Mayorkas Impeachment

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( – On Tuesday, February 13, President Joe Biden blasted the House GOP members who voted in support of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas getting impeached. He argued in a statement following the vote that history would not view this partisan decision kindly. 

The original efforts to impeach Mayorkas failed recently. However, the House Republicans managed to pass the impeachment articles in a 214-213 vote after a second attempt. This is the first vote to impeach a first Cabinet official in close to 150 years, as reported by The Hill.

Biden in his comments referred to this act as “unconstitutional partisanship” and claimed that they were targeting an honorable public servant with their political stunts. Previously, the White House had argued before the vote that the impeachment articles against Mayorkas were unconstitutional. 

On Tuesday, Biden pointed out that Mayorkas had arrived in the U.S. with his family as a political refugee and has spent over two decades in public service. He also pointed to Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) decision to move against the bipartisan border bill, which included aid for Israel and Ukraine.

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have asserted that the reason for the opposition to the bipartisan bill is that former President Donald Trump, who is likely to be the Republican nominee, wants to run on the border as one of the key issues in his presidential campaign. 

Biden argued that Republicans who were concerned about the situation at the border should help congress provide additional border resources and security. He added that these are the same Republicans that are pushing for impeachment and are pushing back against the bipartisan plans for the border. He proceeded to argue that Congress needed to give his administration the necessary tools to address the border situation.

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