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Ken Starr’s former counsel talks impeachment

"[It’s] categorically different and categorically worse.” Paul Rosenzweig, a senior counsel during Bill Clinton's impeachment, explains why President Trump's misconduct is worse.

Every impeachment process has been different

The first impeached U.S. president, Andrew Johnson, was impeached because he fired his war secretary without notifying Congress. That move angered Congress to the degree where they reinstated the secretary. Johnson immediately fired him again. Congress reacted by voting to impeach Johnson. Johnson was acquitted by the Senate with only one vote to spare.

Elder voters might remember

The impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. That "high crimes and misdemeanors" involved illicit sex between Clinton and his intern and an attempt to cover it up. Clinton lied under oath about his sexual indiscretions and was impeached. He, too, was acquitted by the Senate (likely because most of the male Senators could relate to lying about an affair). Possibly the most significant result of this trial was that the prosecuting attorney, Ken Starr, made a name for himself.

This former attorney of the infamous trial thinks that the case against the president is pretty solid and pretty compelling

Paul Rosensweig was a senior counsel during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Now, his former boss Ken Starr is on the team defending President Trump. While the Clinton and Trump impeachments have clear similarities, Rosensweig notes that legally, they're very different. “I think the most notable is that, for me, Trump's conduct is actually much worse. The underlying thing about Bill Clinton was an inappropriate, but consensual, affair with an intern. It was a very bad private act. Clinton's public errors, the misuse of his public authority, came when he lied under oath to the grand jury, when he lied under oath in the civil case, when he attempted to obstruct the criminal investigation of Starr, asking people to lie for him. It would be more solid and more compelling if the president were to permit his closest aides to testify, people like Mr. Mulvaney and Mr. Bolton”, Paul Rosensweig tells Brut.

Brut.

01/28/2020 12:57 PM
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84 comments

  • Mike J.
    3 days

    All things considered, he's the Greatest President EVER!!

  • Montfort A.
    4 days

    So, he is a Vlinton fan criticizing Trump. Hmmmm

  • Chuck K.
    4 days

    Trump 2020

  • Jerry L.
    4 days

    Deceived is believing trump lies.

  • John M.
    4 days

    Still your President

  • Robert O.
    4 days

    Good try Brut

  • Robert G.
    4 days

    11 crimes versus 0 crimes - Schiff, Nadler and Pelosi chomped it up

  • Raul F.
    4 days

    Idiots remember the Clinton case was PERSONAL AND NEVER PUT AT RISK OUR NATIONAL SECURITY LIKE TRUMP STILL DOING. SELLING OUR COUNTRY TO RUSSIA THA IS VERY VERY SERIOUS. IDIOTS MAGA.

  • Ray D.
    4 days

    Bill Clinton was not impeached for his behavior. He was impeached by the house for lying under oath. It was also later turned over by the Senate. " I did not have sexual relations with this woman" under oath got him impeached. He should have either told the truth or took advantage of executive privilege. In his defense though it was impossible to know that a woman would put a semen stained dress in storage.

  • Joseph O.
    5 days

    4 more years!

  • Keith F.
    5 days

    Trump 2020

  • Tony C.
    5 days

    Bill Clinton was accused of 11 felonies. Donald Trump wasn't even accused of a real misdemeanor. Big difference in the two cases.

  • Jestin M.
    5 days

    Trump 20/20

  • Terry D.
    5 days

    While this embicile rambles on about what Trump has supposedly done, he's been proven innocent on everything! Clinton was absolutely proven guilty!

  • Jordan C.
    5 days

    Trump 2020

  • Cheryl S.
    5 days

    Maybe because Trump did nothing to warrant an impeachment and Pervy Bill turned the Oval Office into the oral office 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Dane L.
    5 days

    We the people see it differently then Clinton cass.

  • Armando V.
    6 days

    TRUMP 2020 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Roberto D.
    6 days

    Trump is traitor and total disgrace!!

  • Tommy H.
    6 days

    Tool