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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.

Brut.

10/08/2019 1:58 PMupdated: 10/08/2019 2:31 PM
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40 comments

  • Brut
    7 days

    Democrats have now been calling for President Trump's impeachment for years...

  • Ryan K.
    7 days

    Trump will never be impeached this page is corrupt news

  • Vilmar T.
    7 days

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  • Virginia D.
    7 days

    If this isn't a double standard, I can't imagine what is.

  • Matthew P.
    7 days

    Yeah, Trump has too many butt lickers pandering to him. He wont be impeached.

  • Bonnie A.
    6 days

    Clean up Congress

  • Oscar A.
    6 days

    Jerks.

  • Hector J.
    6 days

    Hypocrites!!! All of them are Hypocrites😂😂

  • Abraham Y.
    6 days

    Although fake channels give false numbers in opinion polls, ground reality shows massive support for Trump. For the first time AOC was booed in a town hall meeting. For the first time, Pelosi meeting was attacked by protestors with Impeach Pelosi placards. So for the success of Republicans in 2020 they have to support Trump. Trump's conduct doesn't fall outside the institutional boundaries. Trump's call to Zerensky is not an act of high crimes and misdemeanor. Trump should approach the Supreme court for interpretation. SCOTUS is the competent authority to interpret the constitution. According to sources, Schiff has bribed and brainwashed the whistleblowers, when Mueller failed to prove Russian collusion. If Schiff wants to impeach Trump for contacting Zerensky, why Obama wasn't impeached? Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy noted at National Review that then-President Barack Obama’s administration asked Ukraine to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016. Why Bush was not impeached? When Bush was a candidate, he phoned to John Major, prime minister, to get details about Clinton's involvement in sex, drug and politics when he was a student in London.

  • Eric A.
    6 days

    I love the "He lied so many times in so many forums it's hard to keep track of them all"

  • Glenn H.
    6 days

    Hypocrisy

  • Jason H.
    6 days

    https://youtu.be/iRRJo5TBlOM

  • Lori S.
    6 days

    F^&*ing dinosaur..vote him out

  • John A.
    6 days

    I guess the democRATS have forgotten that they did everything they could to stop clintons impeachment.

  • Diana C.
    6 days

    The GAME OF POLITICS !

  • Susan M.
    6 days

    Well, this one has to ASAP!

  • Octavio A.
    6 days

    Impeach all of them

  • Karen Z.
    6 days

    VOTE OUT LINDSEY GRAHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Linda M.
    5 days

    Can you spell HYPOCRITE?? ,

  • Manchester L.
    5 days

    neither trump nor clinton should be impeached. Impeachment is an emergency device meant for extremely rare cases where there is a gross violation of constitution on the part of the president. It was never meant to be a political tool.