Letter to the Editor
February 6, 2020
RE: Steve Nelson, Republicans planning to expunge Trump impeachment if they win back the House, New York Post (Feb. 5, 2020, 12:34 PM), <https://tinyurl.com/rsk2vx2>.
Your article states: “Backers of the notion point to the House voting in 1837 to expunge a censure of President Andrew Jackson.” That’s not quite right. What happened was that the Senate censured Jackson in 1834. Afterwards, in 1837, a successor Senate expunged from the Senate’s journal the entry for the censure. The House was not involved—nor was the impeachment process.
Seth Barrett Tillman
Seth Barrett Tillman, The 1837 Senate Expunging Resolution, New Reform Club (Feb. 6, 2020, 2:02 PM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-1837-senate-expunging-resolution.html>.