Senate to swear in jurors for fiery but short-lived Mayorkas impeachment trial

Washington will enter into uncharted waters on Wednesday afternoon when senators are sworn in for what is expected to be a confrontational but brief impeachment trial for Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

By all indications, House managers will not be allowed to prosecute their case against Mayorkas, who is accused of willfully ignoring federal immigration law in his capacity as President Joe Biden’s border chief. There likely will not be a vote on guilt or innocence, either.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is expected to make a motion to table or dismiss the articles of impeachment, infuriating a band of conservatives who have vowed to draw out the proceedings as long as they can.

The Senate has never skipped a trial for a sitting Cabinet official, but Democrats view the impeachment as a political spectacle meant to damage the president in an election year. They plan to allow
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