Republicans have one thing in mind come November: take over the House of Representatives and undo Donald Trump’s impeachment.
According to The Independent, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy “wants to rewrite history” and “expunge” Trump’s impeachment.
“This is the fastest, weakest, most political impeachment in history,” he told the New York Post, echoing a talking point he and other Republicans have used previously nearly word-for-word.
“I don’t think it should stay on the books,” he added.
McCarthy made his comments earlier this week, prior to the vote that acquitted Trump.
Experts believe this to be a political stunt with no constitutional significance.
“There’s nothing in the Constitution that provides for a procedure of expungement,” James Gardner, a law professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, told The Independent.
“It would be of no significance. Certainly of no legal significance,” Mr Gardner said. “It might be of political significance.”
In an email, lawyer Jonathan Turley — the lone impeachment witness called by Republicans during the House trial last year — said a future expungement can only go so far.
“Expungement is more cathartic than constitutional. The President was impeached the minute a majority voted on Article I,” he said. “Resurrection is a biblical not a constitutional concept. The House can express the view of that House as to the basis for impeachment, nothing more. It will create a record of its own but not alter the record of the prior Congress.”