Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced a bill in the House on Tuesday to “expunge” the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, calling the impeachment “an unimaginable abuse of our Constitution,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“President Trump was impeached over a sabotaged, perfect phone call,” Mullin said in a press release about the legislation. “The hearsay of witnesses completely contradicted the plain text of the transcript. Facts did not matter, and Democrats in the House impeached President Donald J. Trump, nevertheless.”
“Now, we have Joe Biden stoking international crises with public comments surrounding the same nation. And Democrats in Congress remain predictably speechless,” the statement continued.
In 2019, Democrats undertook the impeachment of Trump over a phone call in which they claimed he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden over his dealings with energy company Burisma there.
Mullin’s resolution noted that the impeachments of Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton were “based on well-defined and specific criminal acts” while Trump’s impeachment was based “entirely on secondhand knowledge” from an anonymous “whistleblower.”
Trump took the step of releasing the phone call transcript to the public to show that he had done nothing wrong, but Democrat lawmakers continued to make accusations and went ahead to impeach him anyway.
Mullin used the term “expungement” because that is how the removal of censure of Andrew Jackson was referred to previously.
In 1834, Congress censured Jackson, but in 1837 it “expunged” the censure after it changed hands and a different political party gained the majority, according to Mullin’s spokesperson. The history lesson seemed to illustrate a fitting parallel to Trump’s impeachment, which never would have happened if Republicans had had the House majority at the time.
“Open civil war”
Fiona Hill, a Russia expert who testified at the first Trump impeachment, said that if Trump runs again, our democracy could be in jeopardy because Trump still believes that he won the 2020 election and that fraud stole it from him.
The “basic fact of how he is campaigning is in itself a massive problem because he is rejecting the democratic system and the outcome of the 2020 election,” she said.
Hill warned that the result of a further Trump candidacy could be “even more violence. If people feel that their voices are no longer heard through the ballot box and they have to take to the streets then we end up in, you know, the potential of an open civil war.”
If we have to choose between destroying our democracy with civil war and destroying it by abandoning the Constitution and morality as the Democracts have done, however, the former seems like the better alternative.