Schumer Runs Crazy Defense For Mayorkas

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( – On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the House GOP’s decision to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, over a disagreement regarding policy was setting an “awful precedent.” 

While speaking on the Senate floor Schumer argued that impeachment articles should not be used as a means of handling policy disagreement. He added that this was going to set an “awful precedent.” He continued by pointing out that in all House policy disagreements, they would send it to the Senate to tie the upper chamber in knots. This he said is an “abuse of the process.”

Schumer also stated that the House impeachment managers are going to deliver to the Senate on Tuesday two impeachment charges. He added that the manager should be seated so that they can accept the articles formally.

During his speech, he noted that on Wednesday the senators will be sworn in as jurors with Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray (D-Wash.) presiding over the process in the chamber. However, Schumer abstained from providing a lot of detail as they moved forward. Still, he did note that he wanted this issue to be addressed in an expedited fashion. This is something he has repeatedly stated in the past regarding handling the charges.

Republicans have previously stated that they anticipate that Schumer is going to be holding a vote to have the charges dismissed immediately. Should he do that they would skip having a trial on the floor and the matter would also not be referred to a special committee.

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