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Alejandro Mayorkas

A Mayorkas impeachment update

The push to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is ramping up, at least according to a key supporter of the effort.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) told us she’s received new assurances from Speaker Mike Johnson and Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-Tenn.) that the House will vote on impeaching Mayorkas.

“I got guarantees that we will be moving forward with impeachment,” Greene said late Thursday. “It’s going to happen very soon. I know the timeline but… we’re not making that public.”

This, of course, comes after Greene filed another privileged resolution to impeach Mayorkas on Wednesday. Greene said Thursday that she withdrew that motion for now after speaking with House GOP leaders on the issue.

You’ll recall that Greene filed the same Mayorkas impeachment resolution before Thanksgiving recess, but the measure was instead referred to the Homeland Security Committee.

“My articles of impeachment are in the Homeland Committee, we’ll be picking those up and moving forward with those,” MTG said.

The Homeland Security Committee has been investigating what Republicans claim is Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty” at the U.S.-Mexico border. But far-right lawmakers have been impatient with the pace of Green’s investigation and worry it was getting overshadowed by efforts to oust President Joe Biden.

Earlier this week, Green told us he wouldn’t provide members with “false hope” that Mayorkas would definitely be impeached based on the panel’s months-long investigation.

Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said Green’s flip indicates that impeachment was the goal all along.

“Apparently, their baseless, so-called ‘investigation’ was just a shell game to justify a predetermined, evidence-free impeachment over policy differences rather than any Constitutional grounds,” Thompson said in a statement.

Mia Ehrenberg, DHS spokesperson, defended Mayorkas’ oversight of the agency and called any effort to impeach Mayorkas a “baseless attack.”

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