The House rejected a motion to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after a handful of Republicans helped shoot down the effort — sparking backlash among many of their GOP colleagues.
Lawmakers voted by a narrow margin of 214-216 to reject the articles of impeachment, resulting in tense exchanges on the floor as some Republicans sought to persuade holdouts in their party to back the measure. But the motion ultimately failed, prompting some GOP lawmakers to look within their own party for blame.
Some lawmakers pointed to the removal of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for the defeat on Tuesday, arguing the party would be in a stronger position if that hadn’t happened. McCarthy later announced an early resignation from the House, leaving Congress at the end of last year.
“Getting rid of Speaker McCarthy has officially turned into an unmitigated disaster,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) posted on X. “Our majority has shrunk.”