“To expunge is to erase or remove completely. In law, expungement is the process by which a record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from state or federal record. An expungement order directs the court to treat the criminal conviction as if it had never occurred, essentially removing it from a defendant’s criminal record as well as, ideally, the public record.”
American Bar Association
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced on Thursday that he would consider expunging one or both impeachments of former President Donald Trump.
Just as there is no constitutional mechanism whereby Donald Trump can be reinstated as president, there is no legal mechanism whereby Trump’s impeachments can be expunged.
Trump’s impeachment in 2019 for withholding military aid from Ukraine in exchange for political favors and his impeachment in 2021 for instigating the January 6 insurrection will forever remain in the history books. Trump’s impeachments are a stain that will never be cleansed, never be blotted and never be expunged.
McCarthy is wasting his time considering the impossible task of expunging Trump’s impeachment, he might as well consider waving his gavel as a means of transforming Trump’s deformed tiny hands into normal hands.
Why would McCarthy want to expunge Trump’s 2021 impeachment anyway? In January 2021, McCarthy condemned Trump for his role in the Capitol attacks:
“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”
McCarthy knows that he can’t expunge Trump’s impeachments, he is merely pandering to the MAGA base that believes in all sorts of tomfoolery such as the notion that Trump can be reinstated as president before 2024.