McCarthy Supports Expunging Trump’s Two Impeachments

( – Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has reportedly agreed to support an expungement of former President Donald Trump’s two impeachments on Friday, June 23.

Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) submitted two resolutions on June 22 that, if passed by the House of Representatives, would expunge both the Dec. 18, 2019 and Jan. 13, 2021 impeachments of the former president from the House’s official record.

According to both resolutions, the expunging of Trump’s impeachments from the House’s official record would treat the impeachments “as if such Articles had never passed the full House of Representatives.” The resolutions would also render both impeachments as not meeting “the burden of proving the commission of ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors’.”

Greene announced on Twitter that she had submitted the resolutions, declaring that both of Trump’s impeachments “were nothing more than a politically motivated sham by the Democrats,” accusing Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-NY) of orchestrating them.

According to Chad Pergram, senior congressional correspondent for Fox News, there is precedent for a chamber of Congress expunging certain items from its official record. In 1833, the Senate voted to censure President Andrew Johnson over a banking issue. In 1837, however, the Senate voted to expunge the censure from its official journal of proceedings.

Article I, section 5 of the Constitution gives each chamber of Congress the power, as well as the mandate to keep a “Journal of its Proceedings.” Section 5 also gives each House the power to “determine the Rules of its Proceedings,” which, though not explicitly stated, presumably gives each chamber the power of expunging any item from its own record.

Before Stefanik and Greene introduced the resolutions, McCarthy had reportedly opposed an impeachment of President Joe Biden, and also urged House Republicans behind closed doors to oppose it after Rep. Lauren Boebert called for an impeachment vote.

House Republicans are reportedly worried that an impeachment of Joe Biden might draw attention away from the ongoing investigation by the House oversight committee into the alleged bribery scheme involving the president, who was vice-president under the Obama administration at the time.

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