July 24, 2023

Pelosi Criticizes McCarthy Over Talk of Expunging Trump Impeachments

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blasted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for his talk about expunging former President Donald Trump's impeachments.

Pelosi shared the remarks during a CNN interview Sunday on "State of the Union."

“This is about being afraid. As I’ve said before, Donald Trump is the puppeteer and what does he do all of the time but shine the light on the strings. These people look pathetic,” Pelosi said.

“Kevin is playing politics. It is not even clear if he constitutionally can expunge those things,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash. “If he wants to put his members on the spot, his members in difficult races on the spot, that is a decision he has to make. But this is not responsible.”

"Last month, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced a measure to expunge Trump's impeachments from Dec. 18, 2019, and Jan. 13, 2021. McCarthy said he would 'look at' considering the resolution when it was introduced," the Washington Examiner reported.

"Members have voiced concerns over a possible vote, saying it could expose divisions among House Republicans," it added.

The discussion comes as Trump continues to face other legal challenges in his attempt to return to the White House.

A possible indictment remains over charges related to Jan. 6, 2021. In addition, Trump could be arraigned on charges in Georgia over election interference following the 2020 election.

The challenges have so far not slowed Trump's popularity. In national polls, the former president continues to lead other GOP candidates, though his head-to-head polls against Biden have been mixed.

Pelosi's words show that Democrats are not about to allow McCarthy to move forward on expunging Trump's impeachment records, meaning Republicans, including Trump, will have to win big in 2024 in order for there to be a chance for it to happen.

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