Senate Dismisses Impeachment Articles Against Sec. Mayorkas

April 17, 2024

It’s not a proud day in the history of the Senate.

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after the Senate voted to dismiss the impeachment articles against Sec. Mayorkas.

Why It Matters: This was the first impeachment of a Cabinet secretary in 150 years. The articles of impeachment approved by the Republican-led House stated Homeland Security Sec. Mayorkas misled the American people about the state of the U.S. border and purposeful disregarded existing laws; Mayorkas denied these accusations. Historically, the Senate will hold a trial after a person is impeached in the House; the Senate becomes the body to decide if one should face punishment or removal from office. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), argued this impeachment was politically motivated and should be dismissed, stating: “For the sake of the Senate’s integrity and to protect impeachment for those rare cases we truly need it, senators should dismiss today’s charges.” The Senate voted to dismiss the articles of impeachment along party lines.

Senate rejects impeachment articles against Mayorkas, ending trial against Cabinet secretary

by Jenna Lee,