Former President Bill Clinton signaled support for President Trump‘s impeachment Tuesday telling reporters lawmakers are doing ‘what they believe is right.’
‘They’re doing their job as they see it and we should wait to see it unfold,’ the ex-president told Fox News Channel during a tour of a New York City school. ‘And the rest of us should go about our jobs and do them as we see it.’
Clinton also told a gaggle of reporters at the Edwards A. Reynolds West Side High School, a Clinton Foundation project, that ‘Congress is doing what they believe is right.’
Former President Bill Clinton – who was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998 – said Tuesday that ‘Congress is doing what they believe is right’
Former President Bill Clinton is photographed touring the Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School on Tuesday. During the tour he was asked by reporters to weigh in on President Trump’s impeachment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands alongside her Democratic committee chairs as she announces Tuesday the Democrats would pursue two articles of impeachment against President Trump
President Bill Clinton (right) was the last president to be impeached. One article related to Clinton lying to a grand jury about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (left)
Former President Bill Clinton is photographed hugging White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1996. Their affair would result in Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. Clinton survived a Senate trial the next year
Clinton was the last president to be impeached, on December 19, 1998, but survived a Senate trial.
A Republican-controlled House approved two articles of impeachment against Clinton – perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice.
Two other articles – a second perjury charge related to the Paula Jones case and abuse of power – failed in the House.
On February 12, 1999, 45 senators, all Republican, voted that Clinton was guilty on Article 1.
On Article II, 50 senators, again all Republican, said Clinton was guilty.
On both counts it was far short of the 67 senators needed to toss the Democratic president out of office.
Clinton perjured himself by lying about having an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.
The only other president to be impeached was Andrew Johnson in 1868. President Richard Nixon resigned from the White House in 1974, once Republicans advised him that he wouldn’t survive a Senate trial.
On Tuesday morning Democrats announced they would pursue two articles of impeachment against Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The charges stem from Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to have the country’s new president announce an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden.
The markup process in the House Judiciary Committee kicks off Wednesday night at 7 p.m., where members of the panel will deliver their opening statements.
A full House impeachment vote is expected next week.
Trump is expected to be impeached in the House, but, like Clinton, survive a Senate trial.
Bill Clinton previously had a friendly relationship with Trump – he and Hillary Clinton even attended Trump’s January 2005 wedding to first lady Melania Trump – but that ended during the 2016 campaign cycle.
Trump used Clinton’s womanizing – and some women’s claims that the ex-president sexually assaulted them – to fight back after the infamous Access Hollywood tape was released.
On the tape Trump is heard bragging about being able to grab women ‘by the p****’ because he’s so famous.
Trump characterized what he said as ‘locker room talk’ and said, while bad, it was nothing compared to the allegations of assault and rape that have followed Bill Clinton for decades.
He said Hillary Clinton was complicit for helping her husband color his victims as bimbos.
Trump even paraded women including Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harrassment, Kathleen Willey, who accused Clinton of sexually assaulting her in the White House and Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Clinton of rape, around with him at the second presidential debate, which directly followed the Access Hollywood tape’s release.
‘So you could say it any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women,’ Trump said on the debate stage. ‘Hillary Clinton attacked those women and attacked them viciously.’
On Tuesday, Bill Clinton kept his criticism of Trump light.
‘You know my candidate didn’t win. I think it was a big mistake for America,’ the former president said. ‘But that’s how the Electoral College works so now they’re going forward.’