Two Republican congress members move to expunge Trump's impeachments

 June 24, 2023

The New York Post reports that two members of the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing to wipe from the record the two impeachments of former President Donald Trump. 

The two House members who are making this push are U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

During his presidency, Trump was impeached twice: once in 2019 and once in 2021. The 2019 impeachment regarded Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. And, the 2021 impeachment regarded the events that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Greene and Stefanik are looking to get both impeachments "expunged" from the record books.

The details

Both Greene and Stefanik have introduced separate resolutions.

Greene's resolution looks to expunge the 2019 impeachment.

It states:

Resolved, That the December 18, 2019, impeachment of President Donald John Trump is expunged, as if such Articles had never passed the full House of Representatives, as the facts and circumstances upon which such Articles were based did not meet the burden of proving the commission of ‘‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors’’, as set forth in section 4 of article II of the Constitution.

Stefanik's resolution, on the other hand, looks to expunge the 2021 impeachment of Trump.

Stefanik's resolution contains a statement similar to the above statement from Greene's resolution. But, Stefanik's resolution is also much more detailed than Greene's. It highlights the many problems with the 2021 impeachment of Trump, and, in doing so, it also touches upon issues with the 2020 presidential election, suggesting that Trump and Americans, in general, have a legitimate basis to be skeptical about the results of that election.

Weaponizing the impeachment power

Both Stefanik and Greene have released statements in conjunction with their resolutions.

In her statement, Stefanik accuses the Democrats of weaponizing the impeachment power.

She said:

The American people know Democrats weaponized the power of impeachment against President Donald Trump to advance their own extreme political agenda. From the beginning of this sham process, I stood up against [U.S. Rep.] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] and [U.S. Rep.] Adam Schiff’s [D-CA] blatant attempt to shred the Constitution as House Democrats ignored the Constitution and failed to follow the legislative process. President Donald Trump was rightfully acquitted, and it is past time to expunge Democrats’ sham smear against not only President Trump’s name, but against millions of patriots across the country.

Greene's comments were similar, but she highlighted the recently revealed $10 million Biden bribery scheme to make the argument that Trump had a legitimate basis to do the very thing that he got impeached for doing in 2019 - namely, asking Zelensky to look into wrongdoing by the Bidens in Ukraine.

Greene said:

The Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, weaponized a perfect phone call with Ukraine to interfere with the 2020 election. Meanwhile, the FBI had credible evidence of Joe and Hunter Biden’s corrupt dealings, confirming their involvement in a foreign bribery pay-to-play scheme and receipt of over $5 million each. All of this information was revealed to Congress by the FD-1023 form from the FBI’s most credible informant. The form vindicates President Trump and exposes the crimes of the Biden family.

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