Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is set for one of the highest-profile roles in her short career if the GOP rams through the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during an expected vote on Tuesday evening.
Greene is set to serve as one of 11 House impeachment managers who would be responsible for presenting the case to the US Senate for convicting the first Cabinet secretary in nearly 150 years. House managers are responsible for formally presenting arguments to the Senate during a trial in which senators become akin to jurors.
Republicans have accused Mayorkas of refusing to enforce US immigration laws and breaching public confidence. Mayorkas and the Biden administration have strongly refuted the charges. Democrats have also pointed out that numerous conservative legal scholars criticise the GOP’s argument, which is based on disagreements with the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Scholars have pointed out that policy disagreements do not meet the constitutional standard for impeachment.
Past impeachment managers have exploited high-profile Senate trials to advance their careers, which is particularly surprising in Greene’s case given her little tenure in Congress. Sen. Lindsey Graham served as a House manager during the trial of then-President Bill Clinton. Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, rose to global prominence during then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment hearing.
House Democrats and 11 Republicans voted to remove Greene from committee assignments after she questioned the validity of the September 11th attacks, promoted the QAnon conspiracy, and advocated for the assassination of Democratic lawmakers. Greene said that the statements no longer represented her views. She apologised after facing criticism for comparing COVID-19 limits to the Holocaust.
Kevin McCarthy’s ascension to the position of House speaker provided Greene with another opportunity. Her committee positions were restored, and she became a vital contact with several conservative senators. Despite this, she criticised several of her colleagues for displaying naked images of Hunter Biden at a House hearing. McCarthy’s removal prompted Greene to return to some of her rebellious beginnings. In November, eight Republican members joined Democrats to postpone Mayorkas’ impeachment attempt, prompting her to criticise them.
On Monday, Greene sparred with Rep. Jim McGovern, the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee. She weirdly accused McGovern of placing his suit jacket on the restroom floor.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about… What are you doing in the men’s bathroom? Aren’t you late for a Klan meeting?”McGovern responded on X, then known as Twitter.
Rep. Mark Green, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee; Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona; Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana; Rep. Ben Cline of Virginia; Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi; Rep. Andrew Garbarino of New York; Rep. August Pfluger of Texas; Rep. Harriet Hageman of Wyoming; and Rep. Laurel Lee of Florida would be the other impeachment managers.
It is widely predicted that the Senate would not convict Mayorkas, considering that it takes 67 votes to convict and there are only 49 Senate Republicans, and even some GOP senators have expressed their concerns about the House’s case.