Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) withdrew her second attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday. She pulled the resolution just moments before the House was scheduled to vote on the legislation.
The decision to cancel the vote came after Greene met with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.), who assured her that the impeachment process would proceed. Greene stated that her articles of impeachment are currently with the Homeland Committee, and they plan to move forward with the process.
Greene did not disclose a specific timeline for the impeachment proceedings but mentioned that it would happen “very soon.” This move follows her previous effort to fast-track a vote on impeaching Mayorkas, which was thwarted by the House’s referral of the resolution to the Homeland Security Committee on Nov. 13.
Despite concerns raised by some Republicans, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), about the rushed nature of the impeachment process, Greene’s withdrawal signals a potential shift in support. Chairman Green has initiated a five-point plan to review Mayorkas’s performance, intending to present a report to the Judiciary Committee for further action.
The disclosure of Greene’s agreement with Johnson and Green may create tension within Republican leadership, highlighting internal pressures. The House Homeland Security Committee and Johnson’s office did not provide immediate comments on the matter.
Critics, including Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), argue that Greene’s enthusiasm for impeachment exposes the effort as a political stunt. Thompson contends that the GOP’s investigation lacks substance and is a pretext for a predetermined impeachment based on policy differences rather than constitutional grounds.
While Greene’s withdrawal temporarily slows her momentum, she previously criticized GOP colleagues for not actively pursuing an earlier impeachment bill. Notably, Rep. Issa has reversed his stance and now supports the impeachment push, citing a robust investigation into Mayorkas’s actions.
Greene’s initial resolution accused Mayorkas of “willful admittance of border crossers,” citing a duty to protect the U.S. from an “invasion” and alleging violations of the Secure Fence Act. Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dismissed these claims as baseless attacks and distractions from critical national security priorities.