Gang of eight House Republicans break ranks, join Dems to protect Mayorkas

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas escaped accountability for his failures when a group of renegade Republicans joined House Democrats to beat back an impeachment resolution.

The resolution which was introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was defeated when eight GOP lawmakers chose to support a Dem motion to prevent a floor vote by sending the matter to the House Homeland Security Committee where it could die a quiet death.

Greene introduced the “privileged” resolution on Thursday, requiring a House floor vote within two legislative days and would have sent the embattled DHS boss’s impeachment straight to the Senate for trial without a hearing.

“As a result of intentionally failing to secure our homeland and putting the lives of every American in danger from his very first day in office, Alejandro Mayorkas is unfit to hold the office of Secretary of Homeland Security and must be impeached,” MTG said in a statement.

Prior to the vote, the fiery Georgia congresswoman urged her Republican colleagues to get on board with the effort to oust Mayorkas whose performance has been nothing short of disastrous.

“Impeachment articles against Mayorkas have been collecting dust in committee for months,” Greene posted to X, formerly known as Twitter. “It’s time to move the vote to the House floor, not send it back to committee. To IMPEACH Mayorkas, all Rs must VOTE NO on the Democrats motion to refer to committee.”

But it was not to be, with the final tally being 209-201 in favor of punting the impeachment to the committee. Two dozen lawmakers did not vote with the number evenly split 12-12 between Democrats and Republicans.

The GOP defectors were Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Mike Turner (R-OH), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Patrick McHenry (R-NC),  Tom McClintock (R-CA), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Cliff Bentz (R-OR), and John Duarte (R-CA).

“I cannot believe this, I’m outraged,” said Greene, who later added, “I can assure you that Republican voters will be extremely angry that they’ve done this.”

The congresswoman expressed her disappointment in a video that she posted to X after the vote went down.

The Department of Homeland Security spiked the ball after Greene’s resolution was beaten back, blasting Congress for “wasting time,” and demanding that it “do its job by funding the government, 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.”

“Secretary Mayorkas continues to be laser-focused on the safety and security of our nation. This baseless attack is completely without merit and a harmful distraction from our critical national security priorities,” a DHS spokesperson said in a statement.


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