White House says Mayorkas impeachment amounts to harassment over policy disputes

President Joe Biden has issued a statement of administration policy opposing the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

House GOP leaders advanced articles of impeachment against the embattled DHS secretary last month, which, if successful, would make him the first Cabinet secretary to be impeached in nearly 150 years. But Democrats and the president strongly oppose the idea.

“Impeaching Secretary Mayorkas would be an unprecedented and unconstitutional act of political retribution that would do nothing to solve the challenges our nation faces in securing the border,” the statement reads.

It further points out that the Constitution allows for impeachment only for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” arguing that has not happened at DHS under Mayorkas.

“The impeachment power was never intended as a device for members of an opposing political party to harass
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