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Clinton/Trump impeachment comparison

Impeachment: 2 presidents, 2 styles.

Is impeachment a partisan sport?

An investigation by independent counsel Kenneth Starr had exposed an affair between the president and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. And after months of denials, Clinton finally admitted to having had “an inappropriate relationship” with Lewinsky, which was then recounted in graphic detail in the report Starr sent to Congress. The affair and the president’s attempts to hide it were quickly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike. In a speech on the Senate floor, then-Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman said Clinton’s conduct was “disgraceful” and “immoral.” Just a few weeks later, the House voted to open an impeachment inquiry, with the support of 31 Democrats.

Impeachment Aftermath

Months later, though, Clinton hadn’t just survived the impeachment process — he had managed to weather it with high approval ratings and the backing of his party. Despite bipartisan rumblings of displeasure with the president as the inquiry took off, public support never really coalesced behind impeachment, and the effort was ultimately perceived by many as a partisan attack by House Republicans bent on taking down a political opponent.

3rd House Impeachment in U.S. History

It’s enticing to think of Trump’s impeachment as a sequel, but there are previous signs that what’s happening in this case that could unfold differently. For one instance, the case against Clinton hinged on the findings in Starr’s report. By contrast, contemporary Democrats didn’t choose to angle their inquiry around inferences in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that examined misconduct by Trump: They are instead building a case against the president in real time, which makes it harder to predict where the public will eventually land.

Similar Ending?

Although there’s still a significant risk that the investigation will be perceived as partisan, the nature of the allegations against Trump are again different. Many Americans saw Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky as a private matter, but Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is much more clearly tied to his role as commander-in-chief. So, it’s entirely possible that the public will be less forgiving this time around.

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12/19/2019 9:18 PMupdated: 12/19/2019 9:18 PM
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1322 comments

  • Diane F.
    05/17/2020 12:47

    I can't believe ppl listen to trumps nonsense and swallow it hook line and sinker. He is obviously bat shut crazy

  • Husniah M.
    03/28/2020 05:08

    President Clinton was a great president

  • Claude C.
    03/18/2020 18:41

    And the lair walks across the land devouring whom he may

  • Jerry W.
    03/18/2020 18:02

    Can't really compare the 2 because 1 actually did something wrong while the other one did not if you're going to compare make sure their simular them are not similar

  • Roy J.
    03/09/2020 04:30

    Clinton had 11 actual Felony counts including Perjury that he got a Pass on! In a 60 minutes interview, Clinton admitted the reason he used the power of his office to have relations with Monica Lewinsky was "Because I Could"!

  • Iheanyi O.
    03/06/2020 10:13

    Trump = realest president ever

  • Alberto V.
    03/06/2020 06:08

    Democrats get everything and turn everything upside down. Clinton was impeached for having sex with an intern, and lying about it. Democrats said nothing. Drmocrats tryed to impeach Trump for nothing, he just brought in a better economy, more people working, stronger military. The gave obama the Nobel Peace Prize, for doing nothing, but just being black. Democrats are the enemy of America.

  • Agwada Z.
    02/22/2020 15:37

    Trump is the best President no one can ever dispute that. Trump is a president that always promised and he get things done as he say

  • Kenny T.
    02/22/2020 02:58

    One committed a crime and one Didnt so one Admitted to committing a crime and one said he didn’t commit a crime

  • Mike H.
    02/21/2020 17:26

    I can’t stand to hear Trump speak. He really is the most intellectually ignorant individual ever to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We all know how and why he was put in office. The Electoral College backfired on this country, divided us a nation, embarrassed us in front of the entire world and brought nothing but disgrace to this country.

  • Mike M.
    02/21/2020 03:10

    Yea compare this: Clinton was guilty. Trump was not

  • Terry H.
    02/19/2020 18:40

    Lol...a real man. He was a sex obsessed moron. And their was lots of proof of it.

  • Mary K.
    02/19/2020 17:32

    I’d rather someone who speaks there mind then a snake in the grass like the Clintons. Please !!!!

  • David S.
    02/17/2020 14:55

    Great again this country is great and is getting better trump wants us to go back to some of our worst of times

  • David S.
    02/17/2020 14:52

    Trumps a weak man the buck stops here is not in his vocabulary its always some one else's fault i don't think this will go over to well when he meets GOD

  • Thamesósei O.
    02/15/2020 14:03

    Trumps needs to be thrown to the tigers only crap comes out of his mouth feeling so superior then other no respect to anyone but himself sick human waste

  • Les L.
    02/14/2020 01:15

    Clinton was a sleazbag and deserved it

  • Farid F.
    02/13/2020 14:13

    No sense! Completely different situations

  • Josh G.
    02/13/2020 10:11

    Already has technically

  • Obamuwe E.
    02/12/2020 22:27

    😍🌹❤️ I'm a Sugar Daddy looking to spoil any baby that'll be honest loyal and faithful to me and I'll spoil with 300 bucks every 3 days okay with that for a start?