Kevin McCarthy is open to overturning Trump’s impeachment trial
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he will “look at” an attempt to reverse former President Donald Trump’s double impeachments.
The Washington Post noted that Republicans had introduced resolutions in the last Congress to reverse or remove the impeachments, but they came to no conclusion.
Asked at a press conference Thursday whether the impeachments should be overturned now that Republicans control the House, McCarthy replied, “I can understand why members would want to move that forward.”
He added, “I understand why individuals would want to do it and we would look into it.”
He did not give any further details.
Trump was first indicted by the House of Representatives in 2019 for abuse of power after he tried to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy — while withholding vital military aid — to launch a bogus investigation into Joe Biden ahead of his expected presidential bid.
Trump was later charged for his role in the January 6 riot.
In the aftermath of the violence, McCarthy declared in the House of Representatives that the “President bears responsibility [the] Attack on Congress by rioters. He should have denounced the mob as soon as he saw what was happening.”
Trump has been acquitted after each impeachment trial in Senate trials, but the House impeachment stands.
Noah Bookbinder, president of the Washington watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, wrote in a tweet that it is “outrageous that Speaker McCarthy would consider scrapping Donald Trump’s impeachments. Trump has instigated a violent insurgency and is attempting to reverse a lost election. Congress should have barred him from office.”
Georgia State University law professor Anthony Michael Kreis derided McCarthy’s position. tweet: “I’m not sure if that’s how it works.”
It is outrageous that Speaker McCarthy is considering scrapping Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings. Trump has instigated a violent insurgency and is attempting to reverse a lost election. Congress should have barred him from office. But the Trump wing is ascending now.https://t.co/TWxFgU270o
— Noah Buchbinder (@NoahBookbinder) January 12, 2023