Senate Gives Mayorkas A Free Pass?

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( – Last Wednesday, the Senate held a vote on the two impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, completely dismissing them. This means that, unlike the demands of the Republicans, the case will never go into a lengthy Senate trial. 

This is the first time in almost 225 years that there has been a vote in the Senate to have impeachment charges, that have received approval by the House, dismissed immediately. Usually, impeachment articles would either result in a floor trial or refer the topic to the special committee for review. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has claimed that the trial is not necessary as the House had sent over the least legitimate and substantive impeachment trial in U.S. history. As he had warned the charges in question did not meet the standards of misdemeanors or high crimes and had been abused by the House. He added that it would be a great mistake if they had validated this situation and it could have set a potentially dangerous precedent moving forward. 

The Senate had voted to have the charges dismissed as they sustained Schumer’s two points where he asserted that the impeachment articles did not meet the Constitution required a high level of “high crime or misdemeanor.” 

Schumer’s move had come after first-term Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.) had objected to his unanimous consent request to allow for more time in which the Senators could debate the procedure of the trial. This would have also allowed them the time to consider the resolutions put forward by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

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