The last time a president made business headlines, there was a lot of moral outrage from his own party – but that’s where the disapproval ended.
Why? As Representative Maxine Waters, a Californian Democrat, recalled in 1998, then President Bill Clinton was “guilty of certain indiscretions in his private life.” But, she said, Clinton “did not commit any serious felony” warranting impeachment.
Fast forward 20 years after the Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, and President Donald Trump denies relations with adult film star Stormy Daniels, as well as former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says the president asked him to break campaign finance laws by paying women for their silence on alleged affairs. Trump denies it.
While Democrats aren’t eager to talk about Trump impeachment ahead of the November midterm election, a look back at their statements during the Clinton impeachment saga shows the party can be lenient when it comes to of gender issues.
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Here is New York Representative Jerrold Nadler during a House debate on resolutions to impeach Clinton in December 1998: “Perjury in a private matter, perjury concerning sex, is not a serious and dangerous offense. against the nation ”.
Nadler went on to say, “This is not a purely presidential abuse of power. It does not threaten our form of government. It is not a criminal offense punishable by impeachment. ”
Waters, like Nadler, is still in Congress. On the same day in December, she said that Clinton was “a populist leader” which opened government to the poor, minorities, women and the working class.
Can-Rep. Bob Menendez, who now represents New Jersey in the Senate, said the Lewinsky affair “is not the Watergate.” He added, “Let him who has no sin in this room cast the first stone.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fought against Clinton’s impeachment after she told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in February 1998 that American women were I didn’t want to see someone with “uncontrolled power” probe the president. His comment followed an investigation by independent lawyer Ken Starr. And Charles Schumer, now the top Senate Democrat, said as a member of Congress from New York during the Clinton scandal that the ex-president’s behavior was bad. but did not result in an impeachment offense.
Clinton was impeached by the House on December 19, 1998 and acquitted by the Senate of the two articles of impeachment, perjury and obstruction of justice on February 12, 1999.
Prediction Markets have indicated that Trump is more likely to be impeached after Cohen implicated him, and the president’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been convicted of charges including tax evasion.
Whatever their feelings about the sex affair or the Cohen and Manafort affairs, Democrats are mostly silent on impeachment as they fight to take over Congress this fall.
“This is not a priority on the agenda for the future unless something else comes along, ”Pelosi told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Vote does not show strong support to impeach Trump.
That didn’t stop Trump from commenting on this prospect, however. He told Fox News he believes the stock market will crash if he is impeached.
Waters is one of a handful of Democrats who have called for Trump’s impeachment.
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