Hours after the GOP-controlled Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of both articles of impeachment, Republicans already have a trick up their sleeve.
While speaking to the New York Post, several House Republicans said they are considering expunging Democrats’ partisan articles of impeachment from Trump’s record if they take back the House in the upcoming elections in November.
The New York Post reported: “If McCarthy (R-Calif.) does indeed take the gavel from Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2021, he will hold immense power to pass legislation — and a vote on expungement almost certainly would yield party-line support.”
“This is the fastest, weakest, most political impeachment in history,” McCarthy told The Post. “I don’t think it should stay on the books.”
“I think [if] we take the majority, some of the key priorities for us are infrastructure, lowering prescription drugs and others. But I think when you look at what the Democrats have done, I also think we have to get to the bottom of it,” McCarthy continued. “There’s still an 18th transcript that was never released about the inspector general. It’s interesting to know, in there was 179 pages, did Adam Schiff know the whistleblower? Did he meet with the whistleblower? I think a lot of questions are raised about whether that individual, Adam Schiff, was a fact witness.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted over the weekend: “The House of Representatives should EXPUNGE this sham impeachment in January 2021! This was absolutely disgusting what Pelosi and Schiff just dragged our country through. The end is near not only for impeachment, but hopefully also for their abusive grip on their gavels.”
Numerous other top Republicans told The Post that they backed the move, including:
- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “The president is there and I think ultimately with the things that are going to be coming out in the months ahead, it will be all the more appropriate. More and more people will see that. So then I think by next year it will be an appropriate thing to file and do.”
- Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA): “I think there would be a groundswell of support.”
- Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): “The president should have never been impeached in the first place [and expungement is] a good idea.”
- Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): “Certainly having it removed would be appropriate. That said, I don’t know if there is a real vehicle constitutionally to get that done.”
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