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Republicans led by Rep who barricaded door on Jan 6 introduce bill to wipe second Trump impeachment

Thirty Republicans – led by GOP Rep. who barricaded door during January 6 – introduce resolution to wipe Trump’s second impeachment because it was based on ‘blatant misconduct of Democrats’

  • More than two dozen House GOP lawmakers are pushing to expunge former President Donald Trump’s record over the January 6 Capitol riot
  • They’re being led by Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a former MMA fighter
  • Mullin was among the first legislators to aid law enforcement officers when Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol last year
  • But on Wednesday his legislation says the protesters had ‘legitimate concerns’
  • It’s possible he’s introducing this resolution to curry favor with Trump ahead of his state’s competitive Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe
  • Mullin introduced a similar resolution in March about Trump’s first impeachment 

A lawmaker who helped officers barricade the House chamber during the January 6 attack last year is now leading the charge to wipe the riot from Donald Trump‘s record.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma on Wednesday introduced a resolution backed by 28 other House Republicans to expunge Trump of his second impeachment trial.

The ex-president became the first commander-in-chief to be impeached twice early last year, despite already having left office. The Democrat-led House voted to do so after Trump incited his supporters to march on the US Capitol in a bid to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden‘s 2020 victory.

Democrats used their second impeachment resolution to once again weaponize one of the most grave and consequential powers of the House,’ Mullin said in a statement.

‘This was never about the Constitution; it was rooted in personal politics. 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.’

The Oklahoma Republican accused Democrats of using the same playbook they did in 2016, when Trump beat Hillary Clinton to the presidency.

He added: ‘But this time, any individual who questioned the legitimacy of the process was guilty of spreading “misinformation” and labeled a “conspiracy theorist” because of their party affiliation.’

Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma is spearheading the resolution, potentially to earn Trump’s support for his Senate primary bid to replace retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe

Mullin is pictured here on January 6, 2021 providing support to law enforcement as rioters broke into the Capitol

Mullin is pictured here on January 6, 2021 providing support to law enforcement as rioters broke into the Capitol

‘This resolution will expunge this second impeachment, hereby clearing the name of Donald J. Trump as history tells it and ensuring an abuse of our Constitution like this never happens again,’ Mullin concluded.

The former mixed martial arts fighter-turned-legislator introduced a similar resolution in March, that one concerning Trump’s first impeachment.

In the previous text, Mullin accused Democrats of ‘flippantly exercising one of the gravest and most consequential powers with which the House of Representatives is charged’ after they voted to impeach Trump for withholding necessary military aid to Ukraine in a phone call where he asked its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to open an investigation into the Bidens.

Mullin was also among the House Republicans who voted against certifying Biden’s 2020 victory.

Hours before the delayed vote took place, however, the Cherokee nation member was one of the first lawmakers to leap into action when Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol.

Trump was impeached twice as acquitted both times

Trump was impeached twice as acquitted both times

Photos from inside the chamber that day show Mullin gathered with law enforcement and some colleagues as they barricaded the House chamber’s entrance.

An account from Politico describes how Mullin even broke a wooden hand sanitizing station to use as a makeshift weapon in case rioters broke in.

But his Wednesday resolution describes the January 6 protesters as having ‘legitimate concerns.’ 

It also casts doubt on the election itself, accusing the House Democratic leadership of making ‘no effort to understand the rationale behind the widespread mistrust harbored by American voters in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election.’ 

The move could be a bid to earn Trump’s favor in Oklahoma’s upcoming primary elections on June 28.

Mullin is running in a crowded Republican race to replace retiring Senator Jim Inhofe. 

One of his opponents is Inhofe’s former chief of staff, while others are linked to Trump in various ways.

GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is also signed onto the resolution, pointed out in comments to Fox News that Trump had been cleared in both impeachment rounds.

‘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,’ Stefanik told the outlet.

The Republican-backed resolution is virtually certain to fail in the Democrat-led House.

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