Senate GOP leaders call for full Mayorkas impeachment trial as Schumer weighs dismissal

Republican leadership in the Senate called for a full trial of President Joe Biden’s border chief on Tuesday as Democrats weigh a quick dismissal of the impeachment charges against him.

The Senate has the constitutional authority to try Alejandro Mayorkas, the homeland secretary House Republicans impeached in a party-line vote earlier this month. But Democrats could move to quash the charges shortly after senators are sworn in as jurors.

The two impeachment articles — Mayorkas is charged with a breach of public trust and wilful refusal to enforce immigration law — could be dismissed at a simple majority threshold, or Democrats could pursue other avenues, such as referring the charges to a special committee that would drag the process out indefinitely.

The top two Senate Republicans objected to that approach, however, in a Tuesday press conference. Sen. John Thune
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