GOPer who voted for impeachment in 1998: ‘This is much more serious than anything we accused Bill Clinton of’
Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) voted for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 but he said on Monday that President Donald Trump’s behavior is “much more serious.”
During an interview on CNN International, host Christiane Amanpour reminded the former congressman of a 1998 interview in which he explained his reasoning for impeaching Clinton.
“There are issues around the world that require American leadership,” Inglis said at the time. “The leader of the free world needs moral authority. And we’ve got a president who is sorely lacking in that regard.”
Amanpour asked the South Carolina Republican how he squared his 1998 remarks with Trump’s presidency.
“Well, I guess that young guy you were just playing there,” Inglis said of himself, “apparently hadn’t seen something called the Donald Trump show because this is much more serious than anything we ever accused Bill Clinton of.”
“I mean, Bill Clinton was a problem involving perjury with the underlying matter being a sexual affair,” he continued. “This is something quite different, particularly when it gets into the Russia investigation and the firing of [FBI Director] James Comey. These are very serious matters.”
Inglis conceded that the Russia investigation could uncover impeachable offenses, but he also worried about “these other poor decisions on things like withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord on Climate Change [and] basically taking us to the sidelines, sniveling if you will, with Syria over there on the sidelines.”
“When we should be leading the world to a solution,” he lamented.
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— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) July 3, 2017