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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been impeached

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Republican members of the House impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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leaving the page. with a simple majority vote Tuesday. It sets off a series of choreographed rituals that dates back to the impeachment of former President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Here’s a look at what happens next.

A Ceremonial Procession

Once the House approves two articles of impeachment laying out the accusations against Mayorkas as part of its oversight and investigatory responsibilities, they are then walked over to the Senate.

The day after Johnson was impeached, in February 1868, the articles of impeachment were delivered to the Senate by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens, R-Pa. Stevens was so ill that he had to be carried through the Capitol.

Once the articles are delivered, the Senate, acting as a High Court of Impeachment, would schedule a trial during which senators would consider evidence, hear witnesses and, ultimately, vote to acquit or convict. They could also vote to dismiss the charges.

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