Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has claimed time and time again that she felt that impeachment would be bad for the country, but now she has had a change of heart. This change has led her to the irrational decision to encourage an impeachment investigation. But the evidence is just not there and she should know better. In fact, she used to know better. An old transcript from 1998 shows that Pelosi used to have a more reasonable view when it comes to impeachment.
Excerpts from 1998 House transcripts when she was opposing Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
“Today is a tragic day for our country because while our young people are fighting in the Persian Gulf and bringing honor to our country, we are bringing dishonor to it with our hypocrisy here in this chamber.
“The Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance.In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear — privacy, fairness, checks and balances — have been seriously violated. And why?
Because we are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton. And until the Republicans free themselves of this hatred, our country will suffer.
I rise to oppose the unfair motions which all for the removal of the president of the United States from office, and in doing so, wish to point out some differences between the investigation of the president and the investigation of Newt Gingrich.
The first principle in our investigation of Newt Gingrich was that at the moment we found exculpatory information, it would be reported immediately to the accused and be made public.
The independent counsel knew that the president was exonerated with Travelgate, Whitewater, and Filegate and he held that information until the hearing, indeed until after the election. This was not fair. Indeed, it is the responsibility of any prosecutor to immediately release information that is exculpatory.
This is not about — So it’s not about Whitewater, it’s not about Travelgate, and it’s not about Filegate. It’s about sex. It’s about a punishment searching for a crime that doesn’t exist.
“…I urge my colleagues to vote no, stop this hatchet job on the presidency, stop this hypocrisy, stop this hatred. Vote no on all four counts. Thank you.
It seems like Pelosi thought that people should not be impeached simply because they were hated. She was against a president being impeached as a vengeance. If you look at Trump’s presidency the Dems have never accepted it since day one, so her old reasoning fits here. It appears Pelosi used to be concerned about fairness and honor in the chamber. If only she still held the same values now, maybe she could talk some sense into these House Dems.