CNN panelists on Thursday night sparred over the concept that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump is “payback” for Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
As panelists on AC360 began speaking over each other, conservative economic analyst Stephen Moore and former Trump campaign aide Bryan Lanza insisted Mueller’s investigation is both too broad and has taken too long. The economist half-jokingly suggested there should be a “statute of limitations” on the investigation when New York City councilwoman Christine Quinn noted that Democrats tried to institute one during Clinton’s impeachment proceedings.
“And it’s payback time, right?” Lanza asked, causing objections from both Quinn and Atlantic contributing editor Peter Bienart.
“It’s not payback!” Bienart interjected. “The reason that people are doing this is because actually there’s been real stuff that has come out, especially on the obstruction case.”
Watch below, via CNN:
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.