The first impeachment hearing Wednesday for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas devolved into a debate over whether President Joe Biden’s border policy amounted to high crimes and misdemeanors.
In a four-hour event that pitted Democratic lawmakers against the majority GOP, Democrats repeatedly questioned the legal grounds for the proceedings in the House Homeland Security Committee. They charged Republicans with waging a politically driven show during an election year over nothing more than differences in opinion on immigration issues.
“It’s now campaign season, and Republicans recently rolled out their impeachment proceedings against the secretary like the preplanned, predetermined political stunt it is,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) during his opening remarks. “Republicans want to throw political red meat to their base and keep that campaign cash coming.”
Other Democrats piled on, including Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), who said the committee spent all of 2023 conducting hearings where witnesses testified about the