MTG Withdraws Second Mayorkas Impeachment Resolution

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) decided to withdraw her latest attempt to force a House vote on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday.

This development follows Greene’s introduction of a resolution on Wednesday, making it her second effort this month to impeach Mayorkas due to his handling of the southern border crisis. Greene cited the Guarantee Clause of the Constitution, emphasizing that the federal government has a constitutional obligation to protect states from invasion. She accused Mayorkas of violating this duty as the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

In explaining her decision to withdraw the resolution introduced on Wednesday, Greene claimed she had received assurances that the House would proceed with impeaching Mayorkas through the Homeland Security Committee.

Greene expressed optimism that her articles of impeachment, previously referred to the Homeland Security Committee, would soon reach the House floor, vowing to persistently reintroduce her resolution until it succeeded.

Earlier in November, eight Republicans, along with all voting Democrats, supported a motion to send Greene’s previous impeachment resolution accusing Mayorkas of “high crimes and misdemeanors” to the House Homeland Security Committee. The committee had already been investigating him for alleged dereliction of duty, potentially paving the way for future impeachment proceedings.

Greene had argued that sending her impeachment measure to the Homeland Security Committee would effectively derail her resolution. This position had clashed with some GOP members who wanted to see Mayorkas impeached but preferred a deliberate approach to ensure a conviction on the Democrat-controlled Senate level.

Meanwhile, the DHS has dismissed Greene’s resolution as a “baseless attack” and called on Congress to prioritize reforming the immigration system, reauthorizing vital DHS tools, and providing necessary resources to enhance border security.

“They need Congress to stop wasting time and do its job by reforming our broken immigration system, reauthorizing vital tools for DHS, and passing the Administration’s supplemental request to properly resource the Department’s critical work to stop fentanyl and further secure our borders,” a spokesperson for the organization said.