(PresidentialHill.com)- Former President Donald Trump was impeached twice while he was in office. But, if a new proposal from a group of House GOP members passes, one of those impeachments will be expunged.
This week, Elise Stefanik, the House Republican Conference chair, along with more than 20 colleagues, put forth a resolution that would expunge the second impeachment of the former president.
The resolution is being led by Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin. It applies to the Trump impeachment that happened in 2021 after the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 of that year.
Mullin previously introduced a resolution that would’ve expunged the first impeachment for Trump, which occurred after he was accused of withholding aid to Ukraine’s military in exchange for potential political favors from the country.
The measure is sure not to pass through the House, which is controlled by a slight Democratic majority. Still, Stefanik and other Republicans feel that it’s important to continue supporting Trump even 16 months after he departed the White House.
It’s also likely a publicity move ahead of important GOP primaries for the midterm elections later this year.
In a statement, Mullin said:
“Democrats used their second impeachment resolution to once again weaponize one of the most grave and consequential powers of the House. This was never about the Constitution; it was rooted in personal politics.”
Stefanik commented for Fox News Digital:
“The American people know Democrats weaponized the power of impeachment against President Donald Trump to advance their own extreme political agenda. From the beginning of this sham process, I stood up against [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s blatant attempt to shred the Constitution as House Democrats ignored precedent and failed to follow the legislative process
“But President Donald Trump was rightfully acquitted, and it is past time to expunge Democrats’ sham smear against not only President Trump’s name, but against millions of patriots across the country.”
The resolution that Mullins drew up goes over many of the grievances that Trump and his Republican supporters have been preaching over the 2020 presidential election. Included in that are mail-in ballots and recounts.
It also attacks the specific articles of impeachment that the House ultimately passed. One line in the resolution argues, according to Fox News:
“Article I of the Resolution cites two quotes from President Trump’s January 6, 2021, speech on the Ellipse that lack any context, and are viewed in a light most unfavorable to the President.”
It further states that there wasn’t any “evidentiary hearing” before the articles of impeachment were brought forward for a vote, and “no witnesses were heard” either.
If the resolution were to somehow pass through the House — which is all but certain not to happen — then the second impeachment of Trump would be as if it “had never passed the House of Representatives.”
Mullin further stated of the situation:
“Liberals couldn’t see through their blind rage long enough to follow parliamentary procedure, and instead barreled through Congress in order to have one more bite at the apple with President Trump.