Rep. Chabot Calls Out Chairman Nadler’s Hypocrisy On Impeachment

REP. STEVE CHABOTMr. Chairman, back in 1998, when another president, Bill Clinton, was being considered for impeachment, you said, and I quote, “We must not overturn an election and impeach a president without an overwhelming consensus of the American people and the representatives in Congress.” You also said, “There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of the major political parties and largely opposed by the other.” You said such an impeachment “would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come, and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.” That’s what you said back then, Mr. Chairman. What you said should never happen, that we should never do, is exactly what you’re doing now — moving forward without a consensus and impeachment by one major party that’s opposed by the other and it’s almost certain that it’s going to result in the very divisiveness and bitterness that you so accurately warned us about back then. Mr. Chairman, a couple more quotes from a very wise Jerry Nadler from about two decades ago, “The last thing you want, it’s almost illegitimate, is to have a party-line impeachment. You shouldn’t impeach the president unless it’s a broad consensus of the American people.” Those were wise words, Mr. Chairman, but you’re not following them today. And finally, again, your words back then, “The issue in a potential impeachment is whether to overturn the results of a national election, the free expression of the popular will of the American people. That is an enormous responsibility and an extraordinary power. It is not one we should exercise lightly. It is certainly not one which should be exercised in a manner which either is, or would be perceived by the American people, to be unfair or partisan.”

Again, Mr. Chairman, those things that you warned against then are exactly what you and your Democratic colleagues are doing now. You’re about to move forward with a totally party-line impeachment that is clearly not a broad consensus of the American people. You’re overturning the result of a national election, and there’s no doubt that it will be perceived by at least half of the American people as an unfair and partisan effort. You seem bound and determined to move forward with this impeachment and the American people deserve better.