ICYMI: Chairman McCaul on “Fox News Sunday”
Congressman Michael McCaul — chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — joined Shannon Bream on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss recently introduced articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and current events in the Middle East, including the Biden administration’s response to Houthi terrorists’ attacks in the Red Sea and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) employees’ alleged participation in Hamas’ violent October 7 attack.
On articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas:
“He knows better. I was the Chairman of [the House Committee on Homeland Security] when Jeh Johnson was the [Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security]. He was a U.S. attorney of Los Angeles. He knows better. This is not by accident, this is by design — I call him the ‘architect of destruction.’ Eight million encounters. 300 on the terror watch list. [200,000] people dead now, thanks to fentanyl poisoning that this one man is responsible for. I think that is a dereliction of duty, and look at the Founding Fathers here — they didn’t have a lot of federal criminal statutes. ‘Breach of the public trust’ is sufficient to impeach, and I think it’s important that we respond to the American people.”
On the importance of impeachment:
“My constituents are angry. I just got back from Texas. I was down at the border. It’s worse than it’s ever been, Shannon. The detention spaces are overflowing — again — and they [receive a] notice to appear and they’re let into our society. It’s unsustainable, and it’s causing 'injuries to the state' [as] the Founding Fathers said. This is the greatest injury I think I’ve seen, and it was really because of the change in policy by executive fiat and changing executive orders from the previous administration. I love the fact we’re going to try to do legislation up here, but the fact is: President Biden could change this tomorrow if he just changed the executive orders [he signed] on day one.
“Remain in Mexico came out of my committee, and it simply says you’re detained, but you remain in Mexico pending the adjudication of political asylum. Therefore, catch-and-release is over, and it stopped — and it secured the border. This president could do the same thing, but he chooses not to.”
On whether a border deal from the Senate is “dead on arrival” in the House:
“…I could see it tied to maybe Israel and Indo-Pacific. You know, I have my thoughts on Ukraine, and I think we can’t abandon our allies and surrender to Putin in Ukraine, like we did in Afghanistan… I don’t know if the Senate version is going to be sufficient in the House… unless it has significant policy changes like the ones I’m talking about.”
On UNRWA employees’ participation in Hamas’ October 7 attacks:
“The United Nations relief agency — the previous administration, the Trump administration — cut all funding for a reason. Just for this reason. The idea that UNRWA was actually supplying, harboring weapons to assist with Hamas’ invasion of Israel. Those are the allegations that have come out of Israel, we’re investigating but — if true — think how outrageous that is, and we do have reporting that UNRWA is using money to give aid to Hamas. And that’s why I’ve advocated [to] cut that funding. The administration finally — after they allowed it — put a pause on it just a couple of days ago, and they’re going to testify before my committee. And we’re going to get some answers.”