Sen. Rick Scott calls on Kamala Harris to preside over Mayorkas impeachment

 February 21, 2024

Last week saw the House of Representative vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his failure to control the border.

In what could prove to be an optical nightmare for the White House, one Republican lawmaker is calling on Vice President Kamala Harris to preside over his trial.

Senator asks Harris "to fulfill your constitutional duty"

According to Breitbart, that demand was put forward in a letter sent to the vice president on Tuesday by Florida Sen. Rick Scott.

"As Vice President, the Constitution directs that you also serve as the presiding officer of the U.S. Senate," Scott declared.

"Although Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has publicly stated he intends for President Pro Tempore Patty Murray to preside over the upcoming impeachment trial of Secretary Mayorkas, I write to encourage and invite you to fulfill your constitutional duty to serve as the presiding officer of Secretary Mayorkas' impeachment trial," he continued.

Scott points to Harris' role as "border czar"

Scott went on to recall how President Joe Biden tasked Harris with serving as his administration's "border czar" three years ago.

"In accepting that appointment, you acknowledged a need 'to deal with the root causes' of the flows of illegal immigration across our southern border," Scott recalled.

The Republican senator then went on to argue that Harris "should be keenly interested" in whether Mayorkas "is one of those 'root causes' through his willful and persistent refusal to enforce our country’s immigration laws."

"Our states and cities face an ongoing and widespread crisis due to the flood of illegal immigrants streaming across our southern and northern borders and moving freely within the interior of the homeland," Scott pointed out.

Ted Cruz calls on GOP leadership to "demonstrate some backbone"

Scott is not alone in speaking out on Mayorkas' impeachment, as Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is making his thoughts known as well.

As The Hill reported, Cruz recently declared that the Senate's trial in the Senate will be an opportunity for the GOP to regain credibility among conservatives.

"And I got to say, look, if Republican leadership in the Senate doesn’t like the criticism, here’s an opportunity to demonstrate some backbone," Cruz told Fox News this past Sunday.

"They could stand up and say, let’s have a trial. They can stand up and say, you cannot refuse to even follow the constitutional process for impeachment. You can’t dodge responsibility," he insisted.

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