Former US Attorney Glenn Kirschner on Friday slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his “legislative brawl” after he called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
McCarthy, a California Republican, said Tuesday during a news conference in El Paso, Texas that Mayorkas should resign over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border and threatened that GOP lawmakers might consider ousting the secretary next year to complain if he did so. not cancel.
Kirschner said McCarthy’s threat was his “latest attempt at political bullying.”
“Kevin McCarthy’s Latest Law Breaker: Says DHS Secretary Mayorkas ‘Resign or Be Indicted,'” Kirschner tweeted Friday, along with a video he posted to Twitter of McCarthy’s remarks.
McCarthy cited some immigration-related issues as reasons for his call for Mayorkas’ resignation, including the Biden administration’s decision to end the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy that limited immigration on the southern border, NBC News reported . McCarthy also cited the government’s efforts to end Title 42, a COVID-19 directive that restricted entry for asylum seekers in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.
“His actions triggered the largest wave of illegal immigration in recorded history. Our country may never recover from Minister Mayorkas’ dereliction of duty,” McCarthy said on Tuesday. “That is why today I call on the minister to resign. He cannot and must not remain in this position. [and] will decide if we can open an impeachment investigation.”
In response to comments made by the House Minority Leader, a DHS spokesman said Wednesday, according to NBC News, that “Members of Congress can do better than point fingers; they should come together and work on solutions to our broken system and outdated laws that haven’t been revised in over 40 years.”
The spokesman added, “Secretary Mayorkas is proud to advance the noble mission of this department, to support its exceptional workforce, and to serve the American people. The Ministry will continue our work to enforce our laws and secure our border while maintaining a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.”
Kirschner also said Friday that the House Minority Leader’s “political bullying” and his “abuse” of power and office are what McCarthy left behind.
“He has no politics, he has no principles,” said the former federal prosecutor.
Meanwhile, House Republicans recently secretly voted 188-31 to nominate McCarthy as Speaker of the House as the GOP narrowly seized control of the House in this year’s midterm election. Since then, McCarthy has vowed to take action against some lawmakers by removing them from the committees they serve on if he becomes the new speaker.
Last weekend, McCarthy said he plans to nominate Rep. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, California Democrats who both serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee , to dismiss.
news week reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/mccarthy-blasted-over-legislative-thuggery-call-mayorkas-resignation-1762506 McCarthy has blasted the call for Mayorkas’ resignation over ‘legislative thuggery’