There is a great deal of work to be done now that the Republicans have formally secured majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives and will shortly acquire leadership of significant House committees with subpoena authority.
USA Today said that Republicans are anticipated to initiate a series of investigations that might eventually lead to impeachment proceedings, but not necessarily against President Joe Biden, due to the party gridlock that would likely impede any meaningful legislative victories.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, would likely be at the top of the list of potential impeachment targets, given that Republicans will likely focus heavily on the crisis at the southern U.S. border to determine how exactly it degenerated into the disaster that it is today.
And, at least for the time being, Republicans are much more likely to get sufficient votes to convict Mayorkas than Biden.
Arizona Republican Representative Andy Biggs is already preparing the stage for a potential impeachment trial of Mayorkas. In August 2021, the representative from Arizona referred a resolution stating the same to the House Judiciary Committee.
Biggs reportedly reissued this appeal as recently as September, as the number of unlawful border crossings continued to shatter horrifying records.
Rep. Andy Biggs outlines plan to impeach Biden, Mayorkas, and Garlandhttps://t.co/pYF9GgyJFp
By Just The News – 31 Aug 2022
"Leadership has got to make sure the committees are formed and ready to go." Rep. Andy Biggs "day one."#MAGA qt-maga-3025 #BorderObserver pic.twitter.com/FMiE410BKn
— The Border Observer (@borderObserver) September 7, 2022
In the past year, Biggs’ 2021 resolve, along with probably many others, has gathered dust. However, when the Republicans assume control of the government in January 2023, it is very certain that they will begin clearing the decks.
According to the Texas Tribune, numerous influential Senate Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, will support the House Republicans’ pursuit of Mayorkas.
In a letter sent to the DHS secretary in October, two Republican senators accused him of “gross dereliction of duty” in reference to the deplorable situation at the southern border.
“These astronomically high numbers are due in no small part to the political decision to rescind a number of President Trump’s policies that were stemming the flow of illegal aliens and illicit drugs across the southern border,” their letter read.
“Withdrawing the Remain in Mexico policy, ending Title 42 expulsions, terminating border wall construction contracts, and countless other decisions, coupled with your own lax border policies, act as ‘pull’ factors that have encouraged millions of aliens to undertake the dangerous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border.”
The two also criticized Mayorkas for basically permitting Mexican drug gangs to smuggle enormous quantities of ultra-lethal drugs such as fentanyl, which continues to murder thousands of Americans, across the border.
Even with a super squad of Republicans from both chambers pursuing Mayorkas and others in the Biden administration, effective impeachment convictions are unlikely, as Democrats will certainly defend their own at all costs.
As many have pointed out, however, the optics of an impeachment trial and the information gleaned during the process will at least serve as a means of informing the entire American public of how dire the situation is, as one could argue that those who do not watch Fox News are not fully aware of how absurd the crisis has become.
Fox News said that with their newly acquired majority, Republicans wasted no time in revealing their objectives. Rep. James Comer of Kentucky and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who will lead the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees, respectively, announced one of their first investigations at a news conference on Thursday morning.
“Was Joe Biden directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals, and is he compromised? That’s our investigation,” Comer said.
In recent months, Republicans have established the framework for various probes. Time will tell who the House GOP leaders aim to target in addition to the obvious targets, but it will be a blast to watch the unfolding of events.