If Republicans win the House in the 2020 elections, the "coordinated," or even "fraudulent," impeachment of President Donald Trump might be "expunged," according to Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas.
"As more details come out about how the origins of this impeachment really began, I think there's every possibility that will happen," Ratcliffe told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Sunday morning.
"The record has not been put in the public view about the contacts between Adam Schiff, his staff, and the whistleblower, and their profound impact that their contacts with one another has on the inspector general's investigation of this matter.
"The fact that those contacts were concealed from the inspector general, I think that as that becomes more public – and I think it will – I think the perception that this was an unfair impeachment will move to one that it was perhaps a coordinated planned impeachment or even a fraudulent impeachment.
"And, if that happens, there is every possibility there could be an expungement act taken in the House."
Ratcliffe pointed to the unanimous vote among 197 House Republicans against impeachment as being a impetus for a potential post-2020 election move to reject the 2019 House Democrats' two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Trump was acquitted of both charges this week in the Senate (52-48 and 53-47), with only Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, breaking party ranks in the vote. Romney is the first senator in U.S. history to vote against the president of his own party on impeachment.
Ratcliffe also pointed to the unlawful surveillance of the Trump campaign during the Obama administration as a "fraudulent" partisan attack on the presidency.
"I think it is very clear that the Obama administration began and then continued an illegal surveillance action against first candidate-Trump and then President Trump," Ratcliffe concluded.
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