Schumer Accuses GOP Of Stooping To New Low

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( – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the House vote to have Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas impeached a “sham” and argued that the House GOP has hit a “new low.” 

Following Tuesday’s vote, which was the second vote on impeachment and was won by the Republicans in a 214-213 vote, Schumer pointed out that the only reason that Speaker Mike Johnson had pushed forward this impeachment was because he was looking to appease former President Donald Trump. However, he proceeded to argue that the evidence that the House had presented thus far had not managed to meet the constitutional standard of high crimes or misdemeanors. 

He added that in fact, the House GOP had not managed to produce any evidence that actually showed Mayorkas having committed any crime. He then pointed out that Mayorkas has not been shown to have violated the Constitution or to have even come close to anything that would be considered an impeachable offense. 

Schumer did not provide any insight on how the Senate was intending to handle the impeachment vote passed by the House. However, both parties in the Senate have argued that Mayorkas would be nowhere close to getting the 67 votes that were necessary for him to be convicted and then removed from office. 

Schumer also has the option of scheduling a vote on a motion to have the charges dismissed which could hast be passed with a simple House majority. Alternatively, the case could be referred to a special evidentiary committee which had been how the Senate had previously handled the impeachment of a federal officeholder. 

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