Why GOP holdouts killed effort to impeach Mayorkas: ‘Worst Cabinet official’ but no crime

The House rejected an effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday after four Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the measure, dealing a blow to GOP leadership. 

Republican lawmakers sought to impeach Mayorkas on two charges, including willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law as well as a breach of the public trust. However, four GOP lawmakers crossed party lines to shoot down the effort, arguing the evidence did not amount to criminal activity. 

“I think that Mayorkas is the worst Cabinet official in probably my lifetime,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who voted against the measure, told the Washington Examiner. “But it doesn’t mean that he has committed a high crime or misdemeanor.”

Buck was the first Republican to come out publicly against the impeachment effort, arguing the charges against Mayorkas stem from mere policy
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