Apr 16, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Romney open to voting with Democrats to dismiss Mayorkas impeachment

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) departs from an all-senators closed briefing where they heard from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky via video conference

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is willing to vote to dismiss impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as long as time is given to debate the articles, he told Axios.

Why it matters: A bipartisan vote to quickly squash the articles of impeachment would be a clear indictment of the GOP's historic impeachment, which has been years in the making.

What he's saying: "I don't believe there's a constitutional standard met. But at the same time, I think the Senate should give a chance for debate, even if it's limited to two hours," Romney said.

  • "So if there's a motion just to table without any discussion, that's something I would oppose. If there's a provision that allows debate, it's something I'd be open to."

What we're watching: The House is bringing over the articles of impeachment on Tuesday, beginning the official process in the Senate.

  • Senate Democrats are expected to vote to quickly dismiss the articles on Wednesday.
  • The exact process is still unclear, and could make the difference in whether there is bipartisan support for killing the effort.

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