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 March 30, 2024

Speaker Johnson sends articles of impeachment on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate amid talks of removal

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is in serious trouble following the passage of a massive trillion-dollar spending bill that has many in the House talking about removing him.

In an effort to shore up his position, Johnson recently traveled to Texas to meet with Governor Greg Abbott (R) to discuss the Republican Party's options when it comes to dealing with the border situation. 

Johnson also told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday that the House will send impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate in two weeks.

Johnson wants Republicans focused on the border and the movement to impeach Mayorkas which will distract from his own troubles.

Johnson has been a massive disappointment to hardline conservatives in the House of Representatives and it'll only take one more major mistake for enough conservatives to pull the plug on the Johnson experiment.

Tensions are high

Johnson needs a win and it seems unlikely that he is going to get one anytime soon.

While the House did successfully impeach Mayorkas, after an embarrassing failed vote, his case will now go to the Democrat-controlled Senate.

There is no world in which Chuck Schumer and the Democrat Senate delegation will vote with Senate Republicans to impeach Mayorkas for his role in the border crisis that has seen millions of illegal immigrants enter the United States.

Impeaching Mayorkas was always a ceremonial move to demonstrate to voters that House Republicans meant business.

Unfortunately, the passage of the trillion-dollar funding bill that contained no wins for the conservative movement has destroyed any goodwill with conservative voters that Speaker Johnson and House Republicans built by impeaching Mayorkas.

Johnson's other option is working with Texas to deal with the border crisis but even the little wins that he can get there likely won't be attributed to him.

Endless chaos

Johnson's predecessor, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), was allowed to remain in place for far too long but removing Johnson so soon into his term creates unique issues.

There is a real possibility that removing McCarthy would lead to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) becoming the next speaker thanks to the Republican Party's molecular advantage in the House due to a spat of retirements.

While Johnson has been an ineffectual leader and deserves to be canned for his performance, the consequences of that could be too much to bear.

Written By:
Robert Hoel

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