Top US House Republican denies deal with Trump to expunge impeachments

Top US House Republican denies deal with Trump to expunge impeachments

The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, denied making a promise to Donald Trump regarding the passage of a measure to expunge the former president’s two impeachments. McCarthy clarified that there was no deal between him and Trump, refuting a report by Politico. A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Trump’s allies in the House are showing support as he prepares for potential criminal indictments related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. These indictments could come from U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith and Fulton County, Georgia. Last month, House Republicans Elise Stefanik and Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a bill aimed at expunging Trump’s two impeachments from 2019 and 2021. Although both impeachments were passed by the Democratic-controlled House, Senate Republicans voted to acquit Trump in each case.

Expunging an impeachment has no historical precedent, but Greene is determined to push the measure forward. She believes that lawmakers have the ability to do things that haven’t been done before, and expunging Trump’s impeachments is necessary to remove the embarrassment and stain on the country’s history.

However, this move could create discomfort among more moderate House Republicans, especially those facing tough re-election campaigns in closely contested districts. They would not want another Trump controversy overshadowing their campaigns, as Democrats aim to regain majority control of the House in the November 2024 elections. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, strongly opposes the idea of an expungement vote, calling it a disgrace.

Meanwhile, Trump revealed that he received a letter from Smith stating that he is a target of a grand jury investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. If indicted, this would be Trump’s third criminal indictment since leaving office. It is important to note that there is no constitutional provision allowing the House to erase impeachments approved during a prior Congress. Even if such a measure were to pass, the historical record of the impeachments and the Senate trials triggered by them would remain intact.

The first impeachment charged Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for soliciting Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son on unfounded corruption allegations. The second impeachment accused Trump of inciting an insurrection in relation to the Capitol attack by his supporters.

McCarthy, who voted against impeaching Trump both times, criticized the impeachments as politically motivated and lacking evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors as required by the U.S. Constitution.

The report by Politico claimed that Trump was furious with McCarthy for withholding his endorsement for Trump’s potential third run for the presidency. In exchange for delaying the endorsement, McCarthy allegedly promised to work on passing the legislation to expunge Trump’s impeachments. According to Politico, McCarthy committed to doing so before Congress goes on its August recess.

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