The most obvious difference between the impeachment process launched two decades ago against then-President Bill Clinton and the one started this week against President Donald Trump comes out of the mouths of congressional leaders serving during both administrations.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., dismisses the effort to remove Trump.

“From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane,” Graham said of the conversation Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had July 25.

Back in 1999, however, Graham found it perfectly reasonable to remove a sitting president over an illicit affair with an intern.

“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” said Graham, then a member of the House who served as one of Clinton’s impeachment prosecutors.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who this past week called for Trump’s impeachment, found herself on the opposite side back in 1998.

“Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance,” she said on the House floor.

“We are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton,” she continued. “Until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred, our country will suffer.”

Those words are familiar, because they are all but identical to what Republicans are saying about Democrats today.

That marks the other major similarity between the two proceedings. Clinton supporters didn’t care then what he did and pointed to the strong economy as to why his indiscretions should be overlooked, just as Trump and his supporters are doing now.

We have watched for three years while normal standards of truth have been ignored and ridiculed, and wonder how that history can be overcome to provide a fair, reasonable judgment about the president’s actions. Both chambers of Congress have proved themselves incapable of making apolitical decisions, and impeachment proceedings will be directed through a kangaroo court. Whether found guilty or innocent, a vast share of Americans will find the Trump verdict illegitimate.

That leaves our country in a very perilous place when efforts to deliver justice can be so easily dismissed.

For that reason, in mid-July, we argued in this space that voters are who should decide whether Trump is suited to continue holding office. There are legitimate questions as to his fitness in how he has conducted the nation’s business, but with an electorate not willing to answer those questions with objectivity, the ballot box is where the sole reasonable resolution to the political crisis can be rendered.

The future of our country is more important than one person or one political party. America will, likely in less time than it will take to have an impeachment trial, decide what type of nation we want to be when it casts its presidential vote. Accepting the results of that election might be the best way to keep the country from finishing the job of tearing itself in two.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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Bulldog

For the record, clinton was impeached for lying under oath, not for an affair; However, if you ask any Republican about that impeachment they will tell you it was a disaster. 67% of Americans are opposed to impeachment. I personally hope they do impeach PRESIDENT TRUMP. It will guarantee his reelection, and the Republicans will take back the house.



The democrats have had the house for 2 years. What have they done to help the American people? They spent their 2 years trying to overturn Americans vote

PJBM626

I find this opinion laughable

The facts has jumped on every dem talking point in regards to Pres Trump.

Russian Hoax ??? That blew up in facts attempt to smear Trump with dem cult media.

Yet they haven’t printed one story on the insanity of using a political dirt mission by Hillary and Dems as main proof



Then Kavanagh using an accuser with zero proof and whom own witnesses denied this happened but the facts never printed an alternative truth this this dem lie



Now the telephone call whom the whistleblower didn’t even hear. They used hearsay

Or any reference to dems trying to get dirt from Ukraine on Trump



The facts and dem talking point media have hated this Pres since day one and attacked him viciously. But if ones notice, they will not attack or investigate a dem

This is a joke of an opinion by a hating facts

PJBM626

Bulldog. The facts won’t even tell the truth about Bill Clinton. They always sugarcoat and soften the verbiage on dems instead of stating he lied under oath!!!

This paper protected him aggressively while under investigation and attacked the women he abused

natives5

Do you just sit around and make up false numbers? He doesn’t even have 67% of the people in this country supporting him so how could he have 67% of Americans opposed to impeachment?!

natives5

trump is a proven liar and needs to go. He’s bad for this country.

JimB

Seems there is very little interest in cleaning the "swamp" operated by the Democrats.

A truly hateful bunch of people.

PJBM626

Obama and the dems owns LIES

natives5

This isn’t about President Obama or President Clinton. trump is a proven liar on many occasions. Facts to back that up yet you call everyone but him a liar. Hmmm.....

cinlaird

An impeachment is basically a vote of no confidence in a leader according to the laws of the United States of America - a charge of misconduct. Richard Nixon engaged in misconduct, Bill Clinton engaged in misconduct and the current president appears to have engaged in misconduct. I have seen zero reporting on the misconduct of the current president in the pages of The Brazosport Facts after I only recently subscribed so I assumed that the Facts deemed its mission to be one of covering State and local government. I urge the Facts to continue that mission. Deciding that the laws of our country should be rewritten to accommodate this misconduct of the sitting president is in my opinion absurd. Stay local and stay out of the current national political turmoil unless you are willing to do to the work to cover the story completely and impartially.

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