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.
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