On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the articles of impeachment for Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. The details of the articles were released in January. That vote failed to pass the resolution of impeachment, 214-216, with all Democrats and four Republicans voting “Nay.” There was one House member absent. A call was made for a roll call vote, which was postponed. The vote appeared to have initially ended in a tie (which also would have effectively been a loss for the resolution) until one Republican, who is not yet known, apparently changed to a “no” vote, with the resulting 214 in favor and 216 opposed.
BREAKING: The impeachment vote of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has failed with a tie at 215-215.
Three Republican No votes that killed the impeachment were Tom McClintock (CA), Ken Buck (CO), and Mike Gallagher (WI)
Scalise is absent due to cancer treatments. pic.twitter.com/9K4knBjEig
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 6, 2024
Previously on RedState: House Reveals Mayorkas Articles of Impeachment
At least one Republican member of the House had already gone on record as being against the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas.
See Related: Congressman Ken Buck a ‘Solid No’ on Impeaching Alejandro Mayorkas
This is a historic event. Before today, the only cabinet-level official to be impeached by the House of Representatives was the Secretary of War under President Ulysses Grant, one William Belknap, a Civil War hero who was caught up in a kickback scheme.
Belknap was a Civil War hero who had fought in the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg and was promoted to Brigadier General in 1864. Grant, who admired Belknap and had befriended the Princeton-educated lawyer and former Iowa legislator, appointed him to be his Secretary of War in 1869. After serving seven years in President Grant’s cabinet, Belknap was charged with “criminally disregarding his duty” and “basely prostituting his high office to his lust for private gain.”
This is a developing story. RedState will bring you more details as they unfold.