McCarthy supports effort to 'expunge' Trump's imepachments

 June 24, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has indicated that he will support the effort to remove from the record the two impeachments of former President Donald Trump. 

McCarthy, according to the Washington Examinerindicated as much to reporters as he left the Capitol on Friday.

"I support that," McCarthy said.

The House speaker went on to note that he "voted against both impeachments" of Trump, and, he explained that he did so because the first one was not supported by any "true facts" and because the second one had "no due process."

The impeachments

Trump was impeached once in 2019 and once in 2021.

The 2019 impeachment was for abuse of power. It stemmed from Trump's phone call, at the time, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump, during the call, asked Zelensky to look into alleged wrongdoing by the Biden family in Ukraine.

Recently, it has been revealed that the FBI is in possession of a document - from a source whom the FBI has described as "highly credible" - alleging that President Joe Biden, when he was vice president, was part of a $10 million bribery scheme. In exchange for the money - which was split between Biden and his son, Hunter Biden - Biden allegedly got fired the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden, at the time, happened to be working.

In 2021, Trump was indicted for the protests that took place at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.

Here, the Democrats - and even some Republicans - impeached Trump for "inciting an insurrection."

The expungement effort

Now, U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) are looking to get both of Trump's impeachments "expunged."

Greene has introduced a resolution to expunge Trump's 2019 impeachment, and Stefanik has introduced a resolution to expunge Trump's 2021 impeachment.

Both members of Congress claim that the Democrats "weaponized" the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment power against Trump.

"The American people know Democrats weaponized the power of impeachment against President Donald Trump to advance their own extreme political agenda," Stefanik said in a statement that she released in conjunction with the introduction of her resolution.

It now appears that McCarthy will support the effort being led by Greene and Stefanik. But, what is unclear is whether there is enough support in the House for the resolutions to pass. First, however, the resolutions will have to make it through a House committee, which is where they are now headed.

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