Considering that the start of the Democrats‘ impeachment effort, I have actually been constantly asked by journalists about my experience from the Clinton impeachment in 1998 when I was the speaker of the Home.
Frankly, I have not wished to motivate the media’s maniacal, hyper-focus of the impeachment circus. However when I watched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tell us that for two-and-a-half years she had been outlining this impeachment, I felt that I had to speak up about the large differences in between what we carried out in 1998 and what they are doing now.
This is why I’m committing today’s episode of “Newt’s World” to this discussion.
The fact is, in 1998, President Clinton and I didn’t spend all our time combating each other. We thought that as speaker of your house and president of the United States, we had an obligation to Americans to do things for America.
If you go back and look, you’ll discover that we passed a well-being reform– which was the most successful effort to assist poor individuals leave well-being and get jobs (and get children out of poverty) than any other in American history. We passed Fda reform, something Congress had actually dealt with for several years.
Likewise, dealing with President Clinton, we passed four successive years of a well balanced budget– the last time in much of your lifetimes this took place. We also had the economy growing faster since we passed the largest capital gains tax cut in history.
In fact, all through the duration of the Clinton examination and impeachment, we still interacted on things, particularly handling Saddam Hussein and the issues in Iraq.
Another thing the media routinely omits about the Clinton impeachment effort is that it was bipartisan. Democrats and Republicans voted to impeach him.
We were confronted with a report from Independent Counsel Ken Starr which clearly said Clinton had breached laws on 11 counts– including perjury, which is a felony.
The charges were so severe, Clinton lost his license to practice law. He needed to pay high fines for having perjured himself, and he ended up paying the girl who had actually sued him for sexual harassment when she was working for the Arkansas federal government.
Compare that with where we are right now. We had a two-year-long Robert Mueller investigation performed by individuals who disliked President Trump. They couldn’t find anything close to a criminal offense.
Now, we are watching the culmination of Pelosi’s two-and-a-half-year impeachment effort– in which the Democrats stopped working to discover anything near a criminal activity.
I hope you will join me for this week’s episode of “ Newt’s World” and getting a better understanding of the differences between these 2 essential minutes of American history.