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Here’s Why One Republican Voted Against Impeaching Mayorkas At The Last Minute

One Republican lawmaker on Tuesday made a last-minute vote against the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. But that's not because he doesn't support impeachment.

Republican Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado, Tom McClintock of California, and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin initially tied the vote at 215-215, but the House split 216-214. He voted against impeaching Mayorkas. According to Fox News, Utah Republican Rep. Blake Moore switched his vote to “no” so he could request a second motion. (Related article: 'Someone has to stop': Thomas Massey defends vote to kill Tlaib)

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“I mentioned Blake Moore, a Republican from Utah, who moved to reconsider his vote,” Fox News reporter Chad Purgram said on “Special Report.” “This is after he switched a yes vote to a no vote. The reason this is important is that it went down 215-215. By the rules, a tie vote loses in the House. So, Alejandro Mayorkas. Why would Blake Moore, the current vice chair of the Republican conference who wants to impeach him, vote against him?”

A spokesperson for Moore's office confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that Moore switched his vote to bring the resolution up for a second vote.

“Well, if they simply cast a tie vote here, that's not covered. That's done, but if they switch the vote to the dominant side, in this case, no… they're going to cancel this vote at some point.” “We can do that,” Pergram continued. “Maybe not tonight. Maybe not in the next few days. Maybe when they get back the majority leader, Steve Scalise. Maybe when they get a special election on Long Island next week. If they win, they might get an impeachment vote. I mean, Blake More isn't necessarily against impeachment, but what he's done is he's on the dominant side. They didn't have the votes. Otherwise, this would have been a 215-215 deal.”

Mr. Mayorkas has repeatedly insisted that the border is secure despite U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). report Since the start of fiscal year 2021, there have been 6.4 million encounters with illegal immigrants.

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