House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced support of efforts by House Republicans to expunge the two impeachment votes against former President Donald Trump. McCarthy’s support represents the highest-profile endorsement from congressional Republican leadership so far.
When asked about the effort, McCarthy referenced his two ‘no’ votes against the measures. At the time of the first impeachment, McCarthy said that it could be expunged at a later date.
“I think it is appropriate, just as I thought before, that you should expunge it because it never should have gone through,” McCarthy said this week.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) each introduced resolutions to reverse the two impeachments.
Greene’s motion would overturn the 2019 impeachment tied to a phone call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requesting an investigation into Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
The Georgia Republican stated that the move was improper in light of recent reported evidence that both Hunter and Joe Biden received bribes from a Ukrainian businessman.
She said that congressional Republicans “weaponized a perfect phone call with Ukraine to interfere with the 2020 election.”
Meanwhile, Greene said that “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.”
She said that the FBI document based on testimony from an informant “vindicates President Trump and exposes the crimes of the Biden family.”
Stefanik seeks to overturn the impeachment that followed the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol protest. She said that the impeachment did not prove that the former president caused an “insurrection or rebellion against the United States.”
The American people know Democrats weaponized the power of impeachment against President Trump to advance their own extreme political agenda.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) June 23, 2023
Stefanik also stated that “the facts and circumstances upon which the House Democrats impeached Trump did not meet the burden of proving that Trump committed “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
“The American people know Democrats weaponized the power of impeachment against President Donald Trump to advance their own extreme political agenda,” she said.
The New York Republican called the second impeachment a “sham process” and specifically mentioned Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) by name. Schiff was censured by the House this week due to false claims regarding alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
Stefanik said that “it is past time to expunge Democrats’ sham smear against not only President Trump’s name, but against millions of patriots across the country.”