Chairman Green on Sending Impeachment Articles to the Senate: Upper Chamber “Has a Responsibility to Conduct a Full Trial, Hear the Evidence, and Render a Verdict”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, MD (R-TN), along with his fellow impeachment managers, presented the articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas to the Senate. 

“The evidence is clear—Secretary Mayorkas should be tried by the Senate for high crimes and misdemeanors. Specifically, the House found that he willfully and systemically refused to comply with the laws passed by Congress and breached the public trust. These are serious charges that I urge my colleagues in the Senate to treat with the gravity and deliberation they deserve. The Senate has a responsibility to conduct a full trial, hear the evidence, and render a verdict. Refusing to do so would mark the first time the Senate has refused to hold an impeachment trial when it had the opportunity to do so. Such unprecedented action would be a tacit approval of Secretary Mayorkas’ assault on our constitutional order and an affront to the millions of Americans suffering under this sanctioned crisis. I look forward to the trial.”

Read more from Chairman Green: Senate has a responsibility to conduct Mayorkas impeachment trial – and convict him

BACKGROUND: On Feb. 13, 2024, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Secretary Mayorkas for high crimes and misdemeanors—the first impeachment of a sitting Cabinet official in American history. This historic vote followed the House Committee on Homeland Security’s vote to advance the articles of impeachment on Jan. 31, 2024, after a nearly year-long investigation into the causes, costs, and consequences of the unprecedented crisis at America’s borders. Throughout the process, Secretary Mayorkas refused to cooperate with requests to appear before the Committee to provide testimony in defense of his refusal to comply with U.S. immigration laws and his breach of the public trust.  

Throughout the five-phase investigation that culminated in these impeachment proceedings, the Committee published detailed reports of its findings, totaling nearly 400 pages, which are linked below:

As part of the investigative process, the Committee conducted 10 full and subcommittee hearings, gathering testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, and conducted multiple transcribed interviews with senior Border Patrol agents.