Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), a Senate candidate in the upcoming state primary to fill the vacant seat of Sen. Jim Inhofe, leads a House GOP resolution to overturn the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump following the latest attack on the Capitol last year.
Wednesday, Rep. Mullin, a veteran MMA fighter who was inside the Capitol complex on Jan. 6 as he tried to keep a crowd from reaching the house floor, led more than two dozen fellow republicans in presentation A resolution on Congressional responsibility for the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and House GOP Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-LA) are among 28 Republicans supporting the move.
Referring to the “absurdities” on which the impeachment was based as well as “gross misconduct by Democrats in following no meaningful legislative process”, the Oklahoma congressman blasted the “politically motivated” impeachment in a previous Press release.
“Democrats used their second impeachment resolution to re-weaponize one of the most serious and important powers in the House,” he said.
“It was never about the Constitution; it was rooted in personal politics,” Mullin added. “Liberals couldn’t see through their blind rage long enough to follow parliamentary procedure, and instead marched through Congress in order to have one more bite in the apple with President Trump.”
In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News on Thursday, the Oklahoma Republican said his resolution would thwart impeachment, which he called a desperate “witch hunt” led by Democrats.
“President Donald Trump’s second impeachment was nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt led by Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Party,” he said.
Representative Mullin also accused Democrats of “frenziedly pushing” another impeachment resolution through the House, and claimed he would wipe out the former president’s reputation with his new bill.
“My resolution will ensure that this abuse of our constitutional power does not go unaddressed and that President Donald J. Trump’s good name is erased from the history books,” he said.
The resolution highlights the amendment of state election laws “sua sponte” by Secretaries of State and State Election Commissions across the country, while calling for the impeachment resolution to be passed “just 2 days after it was introduced in a frenzy of hysteria”.
“[N]not a single evidentiary hearing on the resolution was held, no witnesses were heard, and no process or opportunity to respond was provided to President Trump,” it read, adding that a claim justifying the The committee’s only report “goes against the oath of office taken by all members of the House of Representatives.”
He also criticized the partisan nature of the impeachment resolution:
[O]Since the article of impeachment was passed by the House of Representatives and transmitted to the Senate, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has refused to preside over the trial, as required by Section 3 of Article I of the Constitution, and instead Acting Senate President Senator Pat Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and reliable partisan politician, served as President, perfecting the entire process as nothing more than an unconstitutional exercise in a futile political theater, theoretical and fantastic.
Original co-sponsors of the resolution include Reps. Jason Smith (MO), Jeff Duncan (SC), Ronny Jackson (TX), Ken Buck (CO), Greg Steube (FL), Diana Harshbarger (TN), Randy Weber (TX) , Matt Rosendale, Clay Higgins (LA), Alex Mooney (WV), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Mike Bost (IL), Steve Palazzo (MS), Mike Rogers (AL), Rick Allen (GA), Trent Kelly (MS ), Bob Gibbs (OH), Mike Kelly (PA), Elise Stefanik (NY), Mike Johnson (LA), John Rutherford (FL), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Matt Gaetz (FL), Andrew Clyde (GA), Mike Carey (OH), Andy Biggs (AZ), Brian Mast (FL) and Jody Hice (GA).
Representative Mullin’s resolution follows a charge it introduced in March to reverse the first impeachment of former President Trump, whom he judge a “mistake” made by the Democrats.
“We all knew that the Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer impeachment process and [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff literally rammed by Congress was nothing but political,” he said. “So the resolution would eliminate that and repair the harm that has taken place.”
Arguing that impeachment “should never have happened”, Mullin explained that it was “exactly what our founding fathers feared – that impeachment would be used for political purposes”.
“And for the first time in our history, that came true under the reign of Nancy Pelosi,” he added.
Mullin clarified that his bill was primarily intended to set the stage for a later time when Republicans could act.
“Do we really think the Democrats are going to raise this? No, probably not,” he admitted. “But it lays the groundwork for Republicans to consider this on January 3, 2023 when we resume the House.”
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