A growing number of polls suggest Republicans are set to take control of Capitol Hill. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says if that happens, then major White House figures should be impeached.
“We need real congressional oversight,” the Republican lawmaker declared. “We need hearings, we need subpoenas. I believe Congress should impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of Homeland Security.”
Not the only one
Mayorkas is not the only Biden administration figure that Cruz thinks should go, as he also named Attorney General Merrick Garland as someone who needs to be removed.
“And I think we should impeach Merrick Garland, the most abusive attorney general and most politicized attorney general this nation’s ever seen,” the Texas Republican told Bolling.
Those words echoed similar sentiments Cruz expressed in a letter he co-authored in October with South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham.
“Your failure to faithfully enforce this nation’s immigration laws and willful blindness to the very real humanitarian crisis at our southern border amounts to a gross dereliction of duty and a violation of your oath of office,” Cruz and Graham wrote to Mayorkas.
Dropping the hammer
“Historically high levels of illegal immigration and illicit drug trafficking demonstrate that our southern border is open for every kind of public health and national security threat imaginable,” the Republican lawmakers complained.
“Despite the heroic efforts by the men and women of Border Patrol, who operate with very little support from Washington, D.C., you have failed to achieve any semblance of operational control of the southern border,” they continued.
“We have grave concerns about what this failure means for both national security and the health and safety of American citizens,” Cruz and Graham declared.
“These failures cannot go unaddressed, and your actions cannot be unaccounted for. The American people deserve better. This is gross dereliction of duty and, if not corrected swiftly, could provide grounds for impeachment,” they added.
Fox News reported last month that Customs and Border Protection statistics show there were 2.3 million encounters with illegal migrants for fiscal year 2022, breaking the old record set last year.