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McCarthy Slammed For Saying He Is Looking At ‘Expunging’ Trump’s Impeachment



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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is facing harsh criticism for saying that he is looking at “expunging” former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment.

Trump, who was impeached by the House in the days immediately after the January 6 attack for inciting an insurrection, narrowly escaped conviction in the Senate as several Republicans there joined with Democrats in support of removal and disqualification.

But McCarthy said he’s considering erasing that charge from the records.

“I would understand why members would want to bring that forward,” said McCarthy, adding that the House would “look at” this idea,” McCarthy told reporters this week.

McCarthy’s remarks prompted a furious backlash, with some legal experts calling his idea “outrageous.”

Noah Bookbinder, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) took to Twitter to express his disapproval.

“It is outrageous that Speaker McCarthy would consider expunging Donald Trump’s impeachments,” Bookbinder wrote. “Trump incited a violent insurrection and tried to overturn an election he lost. Congress should have barred him from office. But the Trump wing is now ascendant.”

“More evidence that whole elite GOP donor/strategist ‘it’s time to move past Trump’ consensus after 2022 hasn’t reached the House GOP,” wrote Ron Brownstein, editor for The Atlantic.

“Not sure that’s how it works. There is no precedent for an impeachment being expunged,” Georgia State law professor Anthony Kreis wrote.

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