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 June 25, 2023

McCarthy supports effort to 'expunge' Trump's impeachments

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has just come out in support of two resolutions that look to "expunge" the two impeachments of former President Donald Trump, the Washington Examiner reports

The resolutions have been put forth by U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

Greene's resolution looks to "expunge" the first impeachment of Trump, which occurred in 2019.

This impeachment regarded Trump's phone call, at the time, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power as president by asking Zelensky, on that phone call, to look into alleged wrongdoing by the Bidens in Ukraine.

This whole situation has recently taken on a new life given the revelation of the Biden bribery scheme. A source, described as "highly credible" by the FBI, alleges that President Joe Biden - back when he was vice president - received $5 million for getting fired the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Biden's son - Hunter Biden - happened to be working at the time. Hunter Biden is also alleged to have received $5 million in the scheme.

If this is true, it would appear that Trump had good reason to ask Zelensky about the Bidens' activities in Ukraine.

Stefanik's resolution, on the other hand, looks to expunge the second impeachment of Trump. This impeachment occurred in 2021, and it stemmed from the Capitol protests of Jan. 6, 2021. Here, the Democrats accused Trump of "inciting an insurrection."

Both Greene and Stefanik have accused the Democrats of "weaponizing the power of impeachment" against Trump.

If Greene's and Stefanik's resolutions are successful, then both of these impeachments will be wiped from the record books.

It is unclear what support the two congresswomen have for their resolutions. But, it is now being reported that Speaker McCarthy has gotten behind the effort.

McCarthy, speaking with reporters as he left the Capitol on Friday, said "I support that," referring to the effort to have Trump's impeachments expunged.

McCarthy went on to say that he "voted against both impeachments" of Trump, and McCarthy added that he did so because the first one lacked "true facts" and the second one had "no due process."

One would have to think that if McCarthy supports the expungement effort then many other House Republicans will follow. But, whether enough will follow to actually get the measure through the House remains to be seen.

Currently, the resolutions are headed to committee. They will have to make it through the committee before any House floor vote is held.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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