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8 Republicans Join Democrats To Block Impeachment Of Mayorkas

via PBS NewsHour

House Democrats, along with a small group of Republicans, successfully blocked a move led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to impeach Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas in a straight up or down vote.

The final vote was 209-201, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in support of referring the impeachment resolution to the House Homeland Security Committee.

Mayorkas has faced criticism over his handling of the border crisis, with concerns raised by Republican lawmakers about national security risks posed by illegal immigration. (Trending: Photos Released Of Cocaine Found In White House)

The eight Republicans who joined Democrats included Reps. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., John Duarte, R-Calif., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Cliff Bentz, R-Ore., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio.

The Department of Homeland Security responded to the vote by saying, “Secretary Mayorkas continues to be laser-focused on the safety and security of our nation.”

“This baseless attack is completely without merit and a harmful distraction from our critical national security priorities,” the statement read.

The Department of Homeland Security called the impeachment attempt a “waste of time” and emphasized Mayorkas’s focus on national security.

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