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Republicans urge McConnell to press to ensure the Senate holds Mayorkas impeachment trial
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Republicans urge McConnell to press to ensure the Senate holds Mayorkas impeachment trial

Multiple Republican senators signed onto a letter pressing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to join them in seeking to ensure that the Senate conducts a trial regarding the House's impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas.

"According to multiple briefings by your staff, Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Democrats intend to dispense with the articles of impeachment by simply tabling both individually. This is an action rarely contemplated and never taken by the U.S. Senate in the history of our Republic. It remains to be seen if the Senate rules will even allow us to brush aside our duty in this manner, but one thing is sure, if a similar strategy was contemplated by Senate Republicans when we were in the majority with a Republican occupying the White House, the opposition would be fierce and the volume from Democrats would be deafening," the lawmakers declared in the letter.

"We call on you to join us in our efforts to jettison this approach by Democrats to shirk their Constitutional duty, ensure that the Senate conducts a proper trial, and that every Senator, Republican and Democrat, adjudicates this matter when the Senate returns," the letter concludes.

The signers included Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Rick Scott of Florida, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, J.D. Vance of Ohio, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Braun of Indiana, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, according to a press release.

"We cannot fail to uphold our constitutional duty and conduct an impeachment trial for Secretary Mayorkas, who has ignored his duty to protect our country. Chuck Schumer is trying to sweep this travesty under the rug by violating the constitution and foregoing a trial. Republican leadership cannot stand idly by and let him," Lee said, according to the press release.

The House impeached Mayorkas in a 214-213 vote last week. While no Democrats suppported the impeachment, three Republicans voted against it. In the event of a Senate trial, the vote would almost certainly fail to clear the threshold required for conviction.

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