Republicans have a problem: They want to claim that impeaching President Donald Trump is completely ridiculous, but just a few short decades ago, they were driving the push for impeaching President Bill Clinton.
And in that process, they said a lot of things that will likely come back to haunt them.
Take Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for instance, who said Monday that it’s time to “move on” from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — even though we only got the exhaustive 448-page report last week. He seems to think the extensive case for obstruction of justice laid out in Volume II of the report should just be ignored.
But MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” showed that, in 1998 when it was Clinton under investigation, McConnell was, by contrast, deeply concerned about the integrity of the presidency.
In a speech at the impeachment hearings, McConnell said he wanted to draw attention to a “serious and deeply troubling crisis” in the country. “This is a crisis of confidence, of credibility, and of integrity. Our nation is indeed at a crossroads: Will we pursue the search for truth, or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth.”
The Mueller report laid out the lengths that President Trump went to impair the investigation. The President's congressional colleagues say it's time to move on, but during the Clinton impeachment hearings they expressed a very different point of view. #Hardball pic.twitter.com/6GhopkUCCN
— Hardball (@hardball) April 22, 2019
At the time, Clinton was under fire for lying to investigators about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, which was, undoubtedly, wildly inappropriate. But now that Trump stands accused of obstructing a national security investigation, McConnell appears unable to muster up any indignation or outrage.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has become one of Trump’s closest congressional allies, similarly seems to have lost his passion for restoring the dignity of the White House.
“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determinates that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” said Graham in 1998. “Because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office.”
In another clip from the time period, Graham made clear that what he was concerned with was Clinton’s obstruction of justice — precisely the charge Trump faces:
“I’m telling you momentum is shifting toward impeachment, because people are looking at facts and coming to realise the President committed serious crimes and it is not just about sex. The idea that this is an accusatory function here. We are not the trial, the trial is in the Senate. Our job is to find credible evidence if there is warning impeachment from that evidence; grand jury perjury, obstruction of justice by the President, I think are high crimes and misdemeanours. The only thing to change my mind would be direct, honest candour on his part. The President has to earn censure.
Of course, it’s not just Republicans who will be embarrassed. Democrats such as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) who in 1998 attacked the impeachment push against Clinton may now find themselves contradicting their prior claims. But they, more credibly, can point to an important difference. While Clinton was impeached over his obstructive lies about a consensual, though wrongful, sexual relationship, Trump’s conduct relates much more directly to an issue of national importance: Russia’s attack on American elections and the investigation into that matter.
RNC chairwoman raked over the coals for accusing others of nepotism — despite being Mitt Romney’s niece
Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee and the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) thinks that the Democrats have a problem with nepotism.
Reacting to the recently aired ABC News interview with Hunter Biden, in which the former vice president's son admitted that his family name had opened doors for him that might have otherwise been closed, McDaniel accused the Bidens of engaging in "obvious nepotism."
"Hunter Biden got $50K a month from a Ukrainian energy company, despite having ZERO experience in energy," she wrote. "His justification? That he was also on the board of Amtrak – more obvious nepotism. If that’s not the swamp, I don’t know what is!"
‘Impeachment barricade is crumbling’: Trump officials are ignoring his threats and cooperating with House Dems
A source speaking to POLITICO was in the room for the closed-door testimony of President Trump's former top Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, who is reportedly the first White House official to cooperate with the Democrats' impeachment inquiry. According to the source, Hill has "sketched for lawmakers a trail of alleged corruption that extends from Kiev to the West Wing" -- all while implicating some of Trump's top advisers as witnesses.
Additional testimony from senior State Department official George Kent -- despite administration officials' attempts to block him -- is the latest evidence that "the White House’s stonewalling against congressional requests for documents and testimony is crumbling," according to POLITICO's Kyle Cheney and Andrew Disiderio.
New TV show ‘Meat the Family’ asks: Do you love meat enough to cook your pet?
It is one of the most shocking ultimatums ever delivered on television.
Go vegetarian or we kill your pet.
But a new taboo-smashing British reality TV show called "Meat the Family" goes even further.
Not only will a family of unrepentant carnivores have to let an animal they have adopted and grown to love go for slaughter if they refuse to stop eating meat -- they will be asked to cook and eat it.
With experts saying that we have to eat less meat to stave off climate change, Channel 4 has made the dilemma stomach-churningly stark.
Four heavy meat-eating families have to take home and look after the "animal which ends up most often on their plates".