McCarthy says he will look at expunging Trump impeachment

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Speaker of the House, US Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), said on Thursday that he would consider expunging one or both of former President Trump’s impeachments as the Republican-led House of Reps seeks to reverse some of the most scandalous and historic government corruption that happened under Democrats over the past seven years.

“In December 2019, the House impeached President Donald Trump on two counts of abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Trump had withheld almost $400 million in congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine, unless the country agreed to investigate Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings in the country,” according to Government Track Insider, who reported on the situation, adding:

In February 2020, the Senate acquitted Trump on both counts, so he remained in office for the remainder of his term. (The chamber was controlled by Republicans at the time.) In other words, the House impeachments were something of a slap on the wrist, but Trump faced no actual consequences as a result.

Democrats still celebrated it as something of a partial victory. “Whatever happens, he will be impeached forever,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12) said.

Others felt differently. “Should they expunge the impeachment in the House? They should because it was a hoax,” Trump said.

What the resolution does:

A new House resolution would retroactively reverse and expunge Trump’s 2019 impeachment charges.

Would that even be allowed? Nothing in the Constitution explicitly precludes Congress from taking an impeachment back, although neither of the two other House-impeached presidents in history — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — saw their charges expunged. But there is an arguable precedent from 1837 when the Senate in 1837 officially reversed its earlier 1834 censure of President Andrew Jackson.

The new measure was introduced in the House on March 29 as H.Res. 1010, by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK2).

Supporters argue that the impeachment was wrong in the first place, and it’s never too late to do the right thing.

“This impeachment was an unimaginable abuse of our Constitution,” Rep. Mullin said in a press release. “Democrats in Congress put politics over country and threw all democracy out the window to unseat our president. This is exactly what our Founding Fathers warned against. While we cannot undo history, we can make it right. This resolution will bring credibility back to the impeachment process and ensure this manipulation never happens again.”

(As you can probably guess, Rep. Mullin voted against both impeachment counts at the time.)

“I would understand why members would want to bring that forward,” McCarthy said in response to a question at a press conference on Thursday, before listing off several other key priorities for House Republicans.

“But I understand why individuals want to do it, and we’d look at it,” he added.

The Hill reported on more details:

In the last Congress, a group of more than 30 House Republicans led by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.) put forward a resolution to expunge Trump’s impeachment in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. The resolution was supported by the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (N.Y.).

A smaller group, again led by Mullin, also introduced a resolution to expunge Trump’s December 2019 impeachment for allegedly attempting to withhold military aid from Ukraine in an effort to pressure the country to investigate the business dealings of President Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

The Senate ultimately acquitted Trump in both impeachments after failing to reach the two-thirds majority required to convict him.

According to Government Track Insider, the current resolution has attracted seven cosponsors, all Republicans. It awaits a potential vote in the House Judiciary Committee.

The odds of passage are low in the Democratic-controlled chamber.

Reversing Trump’s impeachments happens as talk gets ramped up about impeaching a number of officials in Democrat Joe Biden’s administration- including Biden himself.

POTUS Biden is currently under investigation for mishandling classified documents, his Attorney General Merrick Garland is under fire, and calls have been logged to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed impeachment charges against Joe Biden on the day he was inaugurated in 2021, and she is sticking with her ideas to impeach the 46th POTUS.

“I’ll echo again: impeach Biden. And that’s what we need to do,” Greene said Wednesday at the US Capitol, bemoaning a “two-tier justice system” that she said has treated twice-impeached former President Donald Trump unfairly.

Greene, who will be restored her committee assignments drafted or signed onto articles of impeachment filings in the last session, including five (H. Res. 57; H. Res. 596; H. Res. 597; H. Res. 598; H. Res. 1318) against Biden, one (H. Res. 608) against Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and one (H. Res. 1318) against Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Taylor recently posted a quick video update:

“Why was Joe Biden in possession of classified information after leaving office as Vice President? This is serious and must be investigated.”

This story is developing.

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