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Top Democrat Embarrassed on ‘This Week’ When 20-Year-Old Video Comes Back to Haunt Him

If you were a Democrat that was against the impeachment of Bill Clinton because you knew it would not get past the Senate, you should be against this impeachment as well, right?

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) was that very person, only now he is trying to walk back a stance he made two decades ago.

History Repeating Itself

During the Clinton impeachment, Republicans came under considerable fire simply because they did not control both the House and Congress at the time of the impeachment.

It was not about right or wrong, but rather if Bill Clinton did something that members of his own party would deem impeachable.

Clearly, they did not.

The result was an investigation and impeachment process that cost Americans millions upon millions of dollars and Bill Clinton getting re-elected.

You would think our politicians would learn from their mistakes, yet here we sit in 2019 with a very similar situation in place.

Rep. Engel, during the Clinton impeachment, called out the process as being a waste of time.

Now, however, in an identical situation, he is taking the opposite stance.

When he was called out on this, he very much struggled to justify his stance.

All he did was repeat rhetoric Dems have been spewing for months, knowing full well the impeachment will never make it through the Senate…

He Doesn’t Even Know the Law!

Engel is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the House.

As such, he is very much a leader during this impeachment.

You would think he would know the law, but that is hardly the case.

When asked by George Stephanopoulos if Trump’s action were illegal, Engel responded, “Well, I think it’s illegal…”

Think? You are trying to impeach the president of the United States on something you “think” is illegal? Are you kidding me?!

Republican Pushback

It did not take Republicans very long to push back.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among the first to respond, stating, “First of all, this is nothing like the Clinton and the Nixon impeachment.

“Both sides got to call witnesses under Clinton and under Nixon.

“The president’s legal counsel was in the room, able to ask questions to the witnesses. … In fact, the resolution they just passed in a very partisan way gives the chairman the full discretion to kick the president’s legal counsel out of the room and to veto any witnesses that we would call.

“That was in the resolution.”

He would later add, “It’s all about reversing the results of 2016 election.

“There are no high crimes or misdemeanors.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also responded, saying, “The closed-door depositions, I’ll still be able to be a part of.

“But then when they go to the open hearings, it’s just the Intelligence Committee.

“Adam Schiff gets 45 minutes under the resolution that passed on Thursday to ask questions.

“The rest, the members get five minutes. Adam Schiff gets to call the witnesses he wants. But Republicans have to first submit a list to Adam Schiff to get his approval for any witnesses we or the White House might want.

“So, you can try to put a ribbon on a sham process, but that doesn’t make it any less of a sham. It doesn’t make it any less unfair in any less partisan.”

Sham, coup, call it whatever you want, as long this entire process is recognized as being nothing more than an attempt to change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Source: ABC News

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