Democratic Consultant Jerry Nadler used Republican Consultant Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal phrases towards her throughout a Home Judiciary Committee listening to on Wednesday.
The listening to centered on the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) and its secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, for what committee Republicans known as examination of the company’s “operational failures, the U.S.-Mexico border disaster and the abandonment of immigration enforcement.”
Republicans within the Home and Senate, together with Greene, Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Senator Ted Cruz and others, have ceaselessly criticized Mayorkas, the DHS and the Biden administration for his or her dealing with of the border.
Nadler basically referred to as the listening to a performative show by Home Republicans who’re intent on impeaching Mayorkas no matter info or insurance policies, referring to it “as a predicate for a very baseless try to impeach Secretary Mayorkas…on the behest of probably the most excessive MAGA Republicans.”
“Just a few weeks in the past, determined for votes on the debt ceiling deal, Speaker McCarthy promised the acute MAGA wing of his get together that they might pursue the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. As Consultant Marjorie Taylor Greene put it, if she was going to vote for the debt ceiling invoice, she needed some ‘dessert,’” Nadler mentioned.
“As she so eloquently put it, ‘Everybody loves dessert, and that is impeachment. Somebody must be impeached.’ Like a lot of her colleagues, she appeared to not care who was impeached as long as they might have interaction within the political train of impeaching someone within the Biden administration. She singled out Secretary Mayorkas as ‘the lowest-hanging fruit.’”
Nadler referenced Greene’s feedback made to reporters previous to the debt restrict laws, the Fiscal Accountability Act, being accredited by the Home and later the Senate on a bipartisan foundation in early June.
Greene informed reporters that the invoice was a “s*** sandwich” and that she was “in search of some sides and a few desserts.” These “sides” included a vote on a balanced funds modification, and one other on laws stopping the hiring of latest IRS brokers in quite a few years to come back.
She then named her dessert, saying that someone must be impeached and pointed at Mayorkas because the lowest-hanging fruit resulting from GOP members viewing him as culpable for the migrant disaster.
Greene, who in the end voted in favor of the debt restrict laws, was ridiculed by colleagues in her personal caucus, together with Consultant Matt Gaetz.
Nadler added that Republicans have desired to question Biden administration officers since earlier than they took over the Home majority in final November’s midterm elections.
“In October 2022, earlier than the Republicans took the bulk and earlier than any investigation began, Chairman Jordan mentioned that Secretary Mayorkas deserves impeachment,” Nadler mentioned. “Extra lately, he mentioned, ‘It’s not a matter of if. It is a matter of when.’
“That is proper. Who wants excessive crimes and misdemeanors? Chairman Jordan thinks the DHS secretary needs to be impeached as a result of he ‘deserves it.’”
Greene has additionally set her sights on impeaching President Joe Biden and Lawyer Normal Merrick Garland, the latter of whom she claimed final month has refused to prosecute Joe and Hunter Biden.
She has additionally renewed deal with the president, based mostly on his alleged involvement within the purported legal enterprise dealings of his son, Hunter. The Home Oversight Committee has been investigating the Biden household because the GOP took over the bulk.
Earlier impeachment efforts towards Joe Biden, together with by Republican Consultant Lauren Boebert for so-called “excessive crimes and misdemeanors,” have been supported by others within the GOP.
McCarthy, who killed Boebert’s effort final month, has not launched a proper impeachment inquiry towards the president. Nevertheless, he mentioned on Monday that info uncovered by the Oversight Committee is rising to a degree of an impeachment inquiry.
Newsweek reached out to Nadler and Greene by way of e-mail for remark.