Chuck Schumer’s Hypocritical Response to 1999 Impeachment Resurfaces


As we move ever further down the path of impeachment for Donald Trump, a number of long-time politicians are being forced to recognize their partisanship, thanks to the Republican-backed impeachment of Bill Clinton some 20 years ago.

Given that Clinton, a Democrat, was being impeached by the Republican Congress, there are some simple parallels that we can draw to today’s proceedings, just moving in the exact opposite direction.  Thanks to the archives of newsrooms across the nation, we have been receiving a fairly thorough look back at some of today’s familiar faces reacting to the news two decades ago – and the hypocrisy on display is somewhat profound.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has blasted his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell in recent days after he described himself as “not an impartial juror” ahead of President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, but Schumer himself repeatedly expressed similar sentiments in the late 1990s when senators weighed the removal of President Bill Clinton.

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Schumer’s past comments are the latest example of how lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are having to confront their prior positions on impeachment that appear to conflict with their present-day statements.

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In recent days, Schumer has slammed McConnell ahead of Trump’s trial, saing he was “utterly amazed” by McConnell describing himself as not impartial.

But here’s where it gets wild…

But in several appearances on television in 1998 and 1999 reviewed by CNN’s KFile, Schumer noted that senators had previously formed opinions heading into the trial and that the Senate was “not like a jury box.” Schumer was elected to the Senate in 1998 after saying during his campaign that a vote for him would be a vote to not impeach Clinton.

McConnell has repeatedly claimed that he is working in lockstep with the White House on the coming impeachment trial, further irking the Democrats in Congress.

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