Jun 22, 2023 - Politics & Policy

GOP lawmakers revisit Trump impeachments

Rep. Elise Stefanik. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

Two House Republicans on Thursday unveiled measures to "expunge" former President Trump's two impeachments.

Why it matters: It comes amid a sudden flurry of energy around impeaching President Biden and his officials, which GOP leadership has tried to tamp down.

Driving the news: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) introduced resolutions "expunging" Trump's 2019 and 2021 impeachments, respectively.

  • It would be "as if such Articles of Impeachment had never passed the full House of Representatives," Stefanik's office said in a press release.
  • The Senate held two trials for Trump, and he was acquitted at both. A 2/3 majority is required to convict and remove a president.

Reality check: Expungement is a process that typically applies to far lower-profile criminal proceedings that can be effectively erased from the public record.

  • This would be largely symbolic, given that Trump's impeachments were highly publicized events.

What we're watching: It's unclear whether either measure would get a vote, though Stefanik, as chair of the House Republican Conference, has more sway than most members in making that happen.

  • It could prove a difficult vote for moderate and swing-district House Republicans who have distanced themselves from, or even openly rebuked, the former president.
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