Why Alejandro Mayorkas Wasn’t Impeached

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas survived a House impeachment effort last night by the thinnest possible margin, after three defections from Republicans deadlocked the vote. (Rep. Blake Moore of Utah later switched his vote from yes to no so the GOP could reconsider the motion in the future.) Two of the Republican no votes were expected and announced before the vote: Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado, who is retiring, and Tom McClintock of California, a constitutionalist who issued a ten-page memo outlining his views. What was more surprising, and ultimately what sunk the impeachment (for now), was the opposition of Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin. That was not announced beforehand, though Gallagher did speak before a closed Republican caucus about his misgivings. Colleagues argued with Gallagher to try to reverse his vote on the House floor, to no avail.” (02/07/24)