Trump Seems To Believe Congress Should Expunge Impeachment From His Record

He's not dealing with this very well.

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Donald Trump just fired two impeachment inquiry witnesses for telling the truth, and now he would like his impeachment to be expunged from the congressional record. Trump retaliated on Friday by firing two key witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry. Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman were both shown the door. Still, Trump’s impeachment will be a stain on his already tarnished legacy, and he can’t make that go away no matter how much he wants to.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasized this week that impeachment  is “forever.”

“I think that we have pulled back a veil of behavior totally unacceptable to our founders and that the public will see this with a clearer eye, an unblurred eye,” she said, adding: “Whatever happens, he has been impeached forever. And now these senators, though they don’t have the courage to assign the appropriate penalty, at least are recognizing that he did something wrong.”

That apparently didn’t sit well with the president. While standing in front of the White House on Friday, Trump was asked by a reporter whether he believed his impeachment should be expunged from the congressional record.

“They should because it was a hoax,” he said. “That’s a very good question. Should they expunge the impeachment in the House? They should because it was a hoax. It was a total political hoax.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier this week that he would try to expunge Trump’s impeachment from the House record if Republicans won back the majority, and he became speaker.

“This is the fastest, weakest, most political impeachment in history,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think it should stay on the books.”

Rep Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, floated the idea of holding a vote on a resolution that would seek to expunge the impeachment and said it would “send a loud message that this was a political, partisan effort.”

Pelosi shrugged off the possibility of expungement, adding that Republicans won’t get the House back.

“They can’t do that,” Pelosi said. “First of all they’re not getting the chamber back, but apart from that, there’s no expunging. If they don’t want to honor their oath of office, then they’re going to expunge from their own souls the violation of the Constitution that they made.”

Even if Trump and his enablers were able to pull off expunging his record, history would still show that on December 18th, 2019,  Donald J. Trump was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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