Senate Republicans Point to 2 Key Issues in Mayorkas Impeachment

Senate Republicans have said that if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tables or dismisses impeachment charges against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, it will ravage the upper chamber’s already declining authority by “nuking the Constitution.”

That fear is one of two at the heart of the GOP lawmakers’ intensive nearly week-long push to pressure Mr. Schumer into not interfering with what would be only the second Senate impeachment trial of a presidential Cabinet member in U.S. history.

Former Secretary of the Army George Belknap was the first in 1876.

The second worry repeatedly voiced by the Republicans is that failing to convene the Mayorkas trial and allow it to be completed as required by the Constitution will embolden future presidents and their appointees to refuse to enforce laws to which they object.

Article One of the two counts on which the House impeached Mr. Mayorkas was based on his refusal to enforce the Immigration and Naturalization Act, among other laws and regulations, as intended by Congress to protect the U.S. border.

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