Republicans on Clinton impeachment: “A lie is a lie.”

Tom DeLay (R-TX), 1998: “What the defenders want to do is lower the standards by which we hold this president, and lower the standards for our society by doing so.”

On Wednesday, Donald Trump became the third president in history to be impeached by the United States Congress.

We took the occasion to look for contemporary perspectives on the last time a president was impeached.

In a collection from the late Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL, 1959-1995), we found a VHS tape with a note thanking him for participating in the Kurtis Productions investigative report, “War on the Presidency: The Road to Impeachment.”

The program is a fascinating look back at a very different political era. Kurtis frames the Clinton impeachment as a clash between the “moral relativists” in the Democratic Party, and the “moral absolutists” in the Republican Party, who claimed that a president lying was something their party could never abide.

 

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