On Thursday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he says he will “look at” the possibility of expunging impeachments against former President Donald Trump. The remarks came during McCarthy’s weekly press conference and, while he did say he is more focused on issues related to the economy and national security, the speaker noted that matter of Trump is on his mind. “When you watch what he went through, I would understand why members would want to bring that forward. Our first priority is to get our economy back on track, secure our borders, make our streets safe again, give parents the opportunity to have a say in their education, and actually hold government accountable. But I understand why individuals want to do it, and we’d look at it,” McCarthy said.
Oklahoma GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin introduced a resolution last year to expunge Trump’s second impeachment, calling it “an unimaginable abuse of our Constitution.” The resolution drew support from more than two dozen Republicans, including House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik. Although, should a resolution expunging one or both of Trump’s impeachments pass in the House, it stands almost no chance of advancing in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
According to Fox:
During his four years as president, Trump was impeached on two separate occasions. The first impeachment came in 2019 when Trump allegedly withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for political favors. The second impeachment, which came in 2021, surrounded Trump’s alleged role in the events of January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Trump was acquitted of both impeachments in the Senate.
McCarthy’s remarks came on Thursday after “interest among some rank-and-file Republicans” to introduce a possible resolution.