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Senate Democrats, in control of the chamber, are considering swiftly dismissing impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, claim a group of GOP senators led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). The Republicans, including a dozen colleagues, sent a letter to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging Senate Republicans to prepare for a full engagement in their “Constitutional duty” to hold a trial.

The letter emphasizes the unusual nature of Senate Democrats’ intent to table the impeachment articles individually, a move described as unprecedented in the history of the Republic. The articles, narrowly passed by House lawmakers last week, accuse Mayorkas of “willfully and systemically” failing to comply with immigration laws and breaching the public trust with false statements and obstructing oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office announced that the House impeachment managers would present the articles after the state work period, with a potential trial starting the following week. A two-thirds majority vote is required for conviction and removal from office. However, the GOP senators anticipate Senate Democrats may attempt to table the articles, effectively setting them aside, a move equivalent to defeating further consideration.

The letter from Lee and his colleagues concludes by urging McConnell to join their efforts in opposing the Democrats’ approach, asserting that it undermines their Constitutional duty. The Republicans advocate for a proper trial, ensuring that every senator, regardless of party affiliation, participates in adjudicating the matter upon the Senate’s return.