Former President Donald Trump was informed in a private chat by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy that he personally favored the idea of expunging Trump’s two impeachments and would bring it up at the conference to gauge support. Also said by the insider was that he did not promise to bring it to the floor.
Since saying in an interview last month that he believes the former president can win in 2024 but is dubious if he is the “strongest” candidate, McCarthy, a Republican from California, has been working extra hard to placate Trump. McCarthy has since apologized for upsetting Trump aides and allies as a result of this. Trump and his inner circle questioned the speaker about the alleged breach and why he had not yet endorsed the former president for office in 2024.
Those who spoke with CNN at the time allege that McCarthy called Trump to apologize for the interview and claim he erred on CNBC. It is uncertain if any additional promises were made during this call. According to Politico, McCarthy initially endorsed Trump’s viewpoint. McCarthy, though, denied the publication’s assertion that he had promised to hold the vote.
McCarthy was questioned by reporters on Thursday and responded, “No,” when asked if he had made a commitment to hold the expungement vote. When asked if he would forego a vote, he replied that it should “go through committee like anything else.” Numerous sources claim that calling a House vote to nullify the two impeachments lodged against the former president is pointless because the leadership does not have the requisite backing.
Therefore, even if McCarthy promised Trump he would do it, there are unlikely to be enough votes, which would probably escalate tensions. Additionally, it has never been done and it is unknown if it is possible to purge an impeachment. A resolution that would “expunge” Trump’s impeachment, in accordance with the House Parliamentarian’s office’s guidance, has no apparent procedural ramifications.
The topic of a non-binding House resolution that “expresses the sentiments of one chamber” or “expresses the sense of the House” has been raised. Such a proposal would not only fail to nullify the impeachment, but also fail to undo the impeachment’s two votes from 2019 and 2020. Those votes would still be recorded in the Congressional Record.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of the Republican Party and other supporters of Trump in Congress have pushed McCarthy to set a date for a House vote to overturn the two impeachments. GOP Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Friday that if McCarthy brought up Trump’s impeachment, he would vote to have it dropped, but added that it wouldn’t be “wise” for the speaker to do so “in terms of the precedent that it sets.”
It’s undoubtedly a smart move for the Republican base. On “The Source,” Buck stated that it is not a good idea in accordance with constitutional precedence, adding that “the Senate expunged when they voted not to impeach.” Hours after McCarthy’s CNBC interview last month and after he had gotten in touch with the former President to clarify his remarks, Trump said, “They better do it,” in response to a supporter’s query about the House of Representatives expunging his two impeachments at the opening of his New Hampshire campaign office. In addition, a supporter said, “If McCarthy does his job, they’ll expunge both of those crappy impeachments,” as Trump signed caps and spoke with voters at his new New Hampshire office. The president continued, “I know they’re working on that. They should take action.