Impeaching the President: 1998 vs. 2019

When it comes to impeaching a U.S. president, some lawmakers have certainly changed their tune.

Lawmakers on Impeachment Then vs Now

Sen. Mitch McConnell in 1998. McConnell’s speech was viewed by the senator as an indictment of the “smear campaign being orchestrated by the White House” in an attempt to undermine the integrity of Kenneth Starr’s investigation, referring to Clinton surrogates who were painting the inquiry as “a vast, right-wing conspiracy” all over cable news.

Sen. Mitch McConell now. The McConnell campaign, according to Facebook's "Ad Library," started running the digital ad last week, a few days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry over whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine's president to investigate political rival and possible 2020 opponent Joe Biden

Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1998. Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) led the push for Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Following a disappointing election in November 1998, he announced he was stepping down as Speaker and resigning from Congress.

Newt Gingrich on Fox News now. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the last impeachment of a president, said President Trump can help himself by taming his frustration over the Democrats’ partisan inquiry and staying focused on highlighting his economic achievements for middle-class voters.

Rep. Steve Chabot in 1998. Chabot was one of 13 floor managers for impeachment proceedings against Clinton, who was accused of lying under oath about his affairs, including one with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Rep. Steve Chabot now. Chabot was one of 13 floor managers for impeachment proceedings against Clinton, who was accused of lying under oath about his affairs, including one with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Joe Biden in 1998. An old video resurfaced Wednesday showing then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., admonishing Republicans considering impeaching then-President Bill Clinton in 1998, arguing that Congress should only pursue proceedings based on principle rather than "politics."

Joe Biden now. The video surfaced after Biden appeared to offer support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision, announced on Tuesday, to open a formal impeachment inquiry on President Trump.

Rep. Maxine Waters in 1998. Maxine Waters calls the whole impeachment process a coup in 1998, but like her colleagues, changes course for the Trump administrations transgressions.


10/08/2019 1:58 PMupdated: 10/08/2019 2:31 PM
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  • Beverly M.
    21 hours

    Funny thing about Newt is while he was throwing shade at Clinton for his tryst while in office, Newt was doing the EXACT same thing and had an affair for years behind his wife's back.

  • Larry S.
    21 hours

    We can see your BS on this........sorry.

  • Danny B.
    a day

    Iris you do know your an idiot, don’t you?

  • Rick M.
    a day

    Difference is president Clinton actually did break the law by constantly lying. I don’t really care one way or the other what a president does in his office as long as the work is getting done that needs to be done.

  • Thomas V.
    a day

    Did someone say coup de that🤪?

  • Scott G.
    a day

    Anyone else notice how many are still in office after 21 years after ?

  • Rick K.
    a day

    What a disgusting group <all for impeaching for lying about a BJ <but not for Lying to the Country daily, using force on another country to do his dirty work, refusing to abide by lawful subpoenas lining his pockets by breaking the emolument clause in Our Constitution that he calls Phony what's phony is trump! ps & the list of his offenses is much longer!

  • Joanna S.
    a day

    Was it bipartisan back then? Yes. The end.

  • Dylan W.
    a day

    All this video shows are Career Politicians

  • Richard D.
    a day

    Mitch is trying to cover his tracks

  • Tre C.
    a day

    All this article proves is that we need term lengths for incumbents.

  • Sonny R.
    2 days

    How time changes everything

  • Stephen G.
    2 days

    Nadler (1998) - "There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other,” he said then. “Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions," he added.

  • Marty H.
    2 days

    Hey! If you say it enough times then it must be true. Right?

  • James J.
    2 days

    Hes a real shitbag that 45 is.

  • Rick D.
    2 days

    APPLE'S AND ORANGES! one had evidence, and a fair process, this one has neither. BRUT IS PROPAGANDA?

  • Nancy W.
    2 days

    They lost all sense of morality years ago!

  • Chris L.
    2 days

    I have never seen so many people be so tooth face in my life. If this was President Obama they're be killing themselves to impeach him

  • Roy G.
    2 days

    Clinton actually committed a crime outlined by law. Clinton actually had an affair in the oval office. The president of Ukraine and his staffers have repeatedly said, trump did not do anything the democrats are accusing them of. The "victims" are saying it didnt happen

  • Clint M.
    2 days

    Lol none of these clips contradict each other