Kevin McCarthy: Some House Republicans favor censure of Trump over Capitol riot

Kevin McCarthy: Some House Republicans favor censure of Trump over Capitol riot


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday that some Republicans want to censure rather than impeach President Trump over the handling of Wednesday’s Capitol riot.

McCarthy (R-Calif.) wrote in a letter to GOP colleagues that he opposes impeaching Trump for a second time, but that some Republicans favor the less-severe form of reprimand.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to begin impeachment proceedings and a potential vote Wednesday. The Senate won’t hold Trump’s trial until after he leaves office on Jan. 20, but if he’s convicted in a Democrat-led body, he could be barred from holding office again.

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McCarthy’s letter indicates other Republicans may argue against impeachment on the grounds that Trump should be rebuked in a different form.

“Personally, I continue to believe that an impeachment at this time would have the opposite effect of bringing our country together when we need to get America back on a path towards unity and civility,” McCarthy wrote.

“Notwithstanding the Speaker’s

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