Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) signaled Wednesday that the House’s long-awaited impeachment inquiry into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is an extension of his examination of the Biden administration’s handling of the border.
Asked on NewsNation’s “On Balance with Leland Vittert” whether impeaching Mayorkas would make a difference in the border situation if the issue is related to the Biden administration’s policy, Jordan said: “Well, I think It’s all part of the Biden administration, I think you’re right about that.”
Vittert chimed in and asked the Ohio Republican if impeaching Mayorkas is a “kind of political spectacle” that wouldn’t “make a difference on the border.”
“Well, look… any impeachment decision has to be based on the facts,” Jordan responded. “And we’re in a sort of impeachment investigation phase into the president, we’ve also been in sort of an impeachment investigation phase into Mayorkas.”
“I would say that, based on the work that the President [Rep. Mark] Green [R-Tenn.] “What we’ve done on the Homeland Security Committee and, frankly, in some of the hearings we’ve had on our committee, we’ll be guided by the facts, we’ll be guided by the evidence, and then we make a decision.”
Jordan’s comments came. only hours after the House Homeland Security Committee announced it will begin a series of impeachment hearings against Mayorkas, with the first of four hearings scheduled for January 10. Green alleges that Mayorkas, in his role as secretary of Homeland Security, showed “dereliction of duty” in his handling of the border.
Backlash against Mayorkas has grown over the past year among Republican members of the House of Representatives amid an influx of migrants at the U.S. southern border.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) last November introduced a resolution to remove Mayorkas from office, which she then retired a vote in favor, after Green assured him that the House would move forward with the impeachment process.
Green said in an interview on Fox News last month that articles of impeachment against Mayorkas had been drafted and would be flagged at the end of the process.
Jordan was among a group of about 60 Republicans, led by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who traveled to the border near Eagle Pass, Texas, on Wednesday.
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