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McCarthy tears up articles of impeachment against Trump

McCarthy tears up articles of impeachment against Trump
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySome Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Wray says no evidence of 'antifa' involvement in Jan. 6 attack Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC MORE (R-Calif.) tweeted a video of himself tearing in half the articles of impeachment shortly after President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE was acquitted of both charges Wednesday afternoon.

"Acquitted for life," McCarthy said in the tweet.

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McCarthy's tweet comes the day after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE (D-Calif.) was seen ripping up a copy of the president's speech at the conclusion of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Republicans pounced on Pelosi's actions, with Vice President Pence calling it "a new low" in an era of partisan politics. McCarthy, in a tweet late Tuesday night, called the Pelosi's behavior "petty."

Pelosi told reporters that her actions were "the courteous thing to do, considering the alternatives."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE's (R-Ky.) re-election campaign also went after Pelosi, tweeting out a gif that depicts Pelosi ripping up Trump's speech and then switches to McConnell slightly smiling.

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Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, countered McCarthy's tweet, retweeting the video with the caption: "Never had an original idea in his whole life..."

On the impeachment article of abuse of power the president was acquitted by a tally of 52-48, with Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend Kinzinger: Trump just wants to 'stand in front of a crowd and be adored' MORE (Utah) the only GOP senator to vote for Trump's conviction. On obstruction of Congress, the second article, Trump was acquitted 53-47, strictly along party lines.