WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn voted against the four articles of impeachment brought against President Bill Clinton in the House of Representatives including obstruction of justice and lying to a grand jury under oath.
Pelosi, along with Democratic committee chairs in the House, announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday including abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the current chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, all opposed the four articles of impeachment brought forth against Clinton with “no” votes on December 19, 1998.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), chair of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and the late Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), past chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also cast “no” votes on the four articles in 1998.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who supports the House’s impeachment of Trump, voted against all four of Clinton’s impeachment articles in 1998 when he served in the House.
“The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury regarding the Paula Jones case and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky,” read Article 1 of the Clinton impeachment, which passed 228-206.
“The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony in the Jones case in his answers to written questions and in his deposition,” read Article 2, which failed to pass 229-205.
“The president obstructed justice in an effort to delay, impede, cover up and conceal the existence of evidence related to the Jones case,” read article 3, which passed 221-212.
“The president misused and abused his office by making perjurious, false and misleading statements to Congress,” which failed to pass 285-148.
Reacting to the impeachment articles House Democrats have brought forth against Trump, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote on Twitter that “hardworking Americans know this sham is simply the dems weaponizing impeachment to try & undermine @realDonaldTrump, who has done nothing but fulfill the promises he ran on & fight for our country. Their behavior is shameful, but this will only serve to further unify our party.”
When announcing the two articles, Nadler, alongside Pelosi, said that “no one, not even the president, is above the law.”