Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told Republican lawmakers that impeachment might need to be considered for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
McCarthy ripped into Mayorkas’ record as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The congressional leader of the Republicans tore into the Secretary’s record as homeland security chief. He added, “there is always the option of impeaching somebody.”
McCarthy continued, “But right now, he’s got 30 days. His first response to us should be, ‘We should not lift Title 42.’ They’ve not prepared to protect, and we cannot sustain what will happen to this nation.”
Republican leaders GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York, Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and McCarthy, along with 130 other conference members, signed on to a letter questioning Majorkis’ leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Your failure to secure the border and enforce the laws passed by Congress raises grave questions about your suitability for office,” the letter read.
Thirty House Republicans, including Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, who led the effort, went a bit further, signing a resolution for impeachment against Mayorkas, which will be forwarded if the GOP takes back power in the House after the midterms.
Republicans need only to flip 12 seats to take back control of the House of Representatives. Several polls show Republican candidates up an average of 2-3 points.
McCarthy is also up for reelection this year. He faces two Republican challengers in the June 7 primary. The general midterm election is on November 8.
Hints at possible Biden official impeachments
Rumblings for impeaching top Biden officials have grown louder — spreading from the periphery into its mainstream — and foreshadowing the intense scrutiny and pressure McCarthy will face from outside and inside his party if he is speaker next year.
Talk of impeachment of President Biden during his first year in office was mostly contained to the fringes of the far-right members of the GOP. Now, deliberations are occurring among much larger groups.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC), the most prominent conservative House body of members, is paving the way and laying the groundwork for the impeachment of Mayorkas.
The Committee represents more than 150 members. According to sources, many committee members already want to impeach the Secretary.
The RSC has worked to build a consensus and get a sign-off on its strategy by leaders of the party before calling for Mayorkas’ impeachment. The group has favored a more restrained and cautious approach to impeachment.
McCarthy stopped short of calling outright for the impeachment of Mayorkas when questioned about the possibility at a border news conference.
However, he said that “if someone is derelict in their job, there is always the option of impeaching somebody. But right now, he’s got 30 days.” McCarthy referred to the 30 days the Committee gave Mayorkas to answer its questions.