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Historic Vote: To Impeach DHS Secretary

The House votes to impeach US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a historic vote.

He will be facing a Congressional trial next.

How federal impeachment works

Impeachment in the United States is the process of bringing charges against a government official for wrongdoing. A trial may be held, and the official may be removed from office.

The impeachment process

The US Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach federal officials. An official can be impeached for treason, bribery, and “other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The House of Representatives brings articles (charges) of impeachment against an official.

If the House adopts the articles by a simple majority vote, the official has been impeached.

The United States Senate holds an impeachment trial. In the case of a president, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice presides.

If found guilty, the official is removed from office. They may never be able to hold elected office again.

If they are not found guilty, they may continue to serve in office.

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