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 Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? McCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue MORE (R-Calif.) tweeted a video of himself tearing in half the articles of impeachment shortly after President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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 PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' 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 McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project 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 RomneyRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany 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.