Chuck Schumer

Hello, Pot? It’s Kettle: Schumer’s 1999 Letter About Bill Clinton’s Senate Trial Comes Back To Bite Him

In 1999, Senator Chuck Schumer argued passionately about the dangers of impeachment; now he's a cheerleader...

You can’t have it both ways. Senator Chuck Schumer, who has been demanding modifications like witness testimony from Mitch McConnell ahead of President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, has found himself in a bit of hot water after The New York Post recovered a letter he penned a day before then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial was set to start, “outlining why the process had taken an unfair toll on the nation.”

The New York Post unearthed the letter and published it in its entirety on Sunday, adding that the letter had come back to “bite” the Senator.

In the letter, Schumer argues:

“It has shaken me that we stand at the brink of removing a President — not because of a popular groundswell to remove him and not because of the magnitude of the wrongs he’s committed — but because conditions in late 20th century America has made it possible for a small group of people who hate Bill Clinton and hate his policies to very cleverly and very doggedly exploit the institutions of freedom that we hold dear and almost succeed in undoing him.”

Schumer also called Republicans Trent Lott and Tom Daschle responsible, ultimately, for instigating a “bitter” and “acrimonious” impeachment inquiry.  Wow, if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black.

Schumer concludes:

“It seems we have lost the ability to forcefully advocate for our position without trying to criminalize or at least dishonor our adversaries — often over matters having nothing to do with the public trust. And it is hurting the country; it is marginalizing and polarizing the Congress,” Schumer says. “[I]f the cycle of political recrimination and scandalizing continues, the American people will become more alienated and cynical and shaken by the political process and they, too, will lose faith in the great instrument the Founding Fathers have given us.”

Oh, the irony.


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