Senate GOP eyes payback for dismissal of Mayorkas impeachment trial

Republicans reacted to the dismissal of impeachment charges against Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday with a warning: Democrats would soon regret their decision to skip a trial.

The most immediate repercussion was political. Senate Republicans have spent months blaming Mayorkas for the crisis at the southern border and promised that vulnerable Democrats would be reminded of their vote to declare the articles unconstitutional on Election Day.

“Americans are outraged that Democrats are welcoming this invasion. Every Democrat will pay a heavy price in November for willfully refusing to end this border crisis,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate.

But the most lasting effect of Wednesday’s impeachment trial, which Democrats concluded without hearing from the House impeachment managers alleging Mayorkas willfully ignored federal immigration law, was the precedent it set.

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