3 Republicans Who Supported Mayorkas

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday night, three GOP lawmakers opposed the impeachment of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas who was successfully impeached over his alleged mishandling of the border crisis. 

However, Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., all voted against the impeachment of Mayorkas and instead sided with the Democrats in the vote. This is the first time that a Cabinet Secretary has been impeached in almost 150 years, with the last case being in 1876. 

Last week, the impeachment articles against Mayorkas had failed to pass as every House Democrat had attended the vote to protect him. This included Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who is currently at the hospital recovering from surgery. However, this week Mayorkas had been unable to defeat the impeachment which narrowly passed in a 214-213 vote. 

The House GOP has claimed that Mayorkas had deliberately ignored immigration law that Congress had already passed which allowed the situation at the Southern Border to worsen further. 

On Tuesday, three Republicans voted against Mayorkas’s impeachment. As they noted while they disagreed with Mayorkas’ handling of the border crisis they were uncertain as to whether or not this was an impeachable offense. McClintock also warned that this could be setting up a dangerous precedent that could end up harming Republican officials. 

Last week, he also pointed out that just changing one left official with another was not going to be doing anything and that instead it would just “unconstitutionally” expand impeachment which could one day end up harming the GOP. 

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