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NM House Speaker Snubs Petition to Impeach Governor for Pulling Border Troops: ‘Forget About It’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | February 13, 2019 | 2:13 PM EST

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) (Photo: Getty Images, North America)

A petition to impeach New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) after she withdrew National Guard troops from the Mexican border has garnered more than forty thousand signatures, but the state’s Democrat House Speaker says to “forget about it.”

Last week, on February 5th, Gov. Grisham ordered the troops off border protection duty, the Associated Press reports:

"The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump’s description of a security crisis.

"Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump’s State of the Union address. Her Republican predecessor deployed National Guard troops to the border in April 2018 at Trump’s suggestion, and 118 remained there before Tuesday’s reversal."

In response, a petition, “Impeach Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham,” was launched on Change.org, calling on state legislators argues that the governor has committed treason by ordering the withdrawal:

‘The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has "authorized the use of force” by deploying the National Guard to the southern borders of New Mexico as to protect its citizens from illegal entry and or illegal activities of our enemies. The governor of the state of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has overruled this authorization of the President and ordered the removal of the National Guard. By doing so, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has deliberately and recklessly aided our enemies in illegal entry to the state, committing illegal activities and endangering the safety of its citizens.”

But, on Wednesday, local television news KOB 4 reported that Democrat House Speaker Brian Egolf rejected the notion outright:

“The Democratic speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives says there is no way he would initiate impeachment proceedings against the state's governor for withdrawing troops from the border with Mexico.”

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“On Tuesday, House Speaker Brian Egolf of Santa Fe said "no way, forget about it" regarding prospects for impeachment proceedings. He holds the authority to initiate House investigations.”

 

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