I just don’t think this impending impeachment ends well for
the Democrats, not because I think the President is immensely popular or that
polls favor his acquittal. To be completely transparent, I haven’t paid any
attention to what the polls are even saying about this spectacle.
No, my gut feeling about how all this plays out is based
largely on the last presidential impeachment – one that I paid close attention
to as a college political science major. In the impeachment trial of President
William Jefferson Clinton, the case was rock solid.
By that I don’t mean to suggest that the substance or
motivation of Clinton’s perjury and obstruction of justice rose to the level of
“high crime or misdemeanor.” I simply mean that the reality of Clinton’s
perjury and obstruction of justice was legally unquestioned. That’s exactly
what former independent counsel Kenneth Starr pointed out in a recent interview with Fox’s Martha MacCallum:
“For one thing, President Clinton committed crimes,” said Starr.
“Perjury,” added MacCallum, “lying about what happened with Monica Lewinsky.”
“And also, obstructing justice, and he was found in contempt, Martha,” Starr continued.
“Not by the Congress, but by a United States district court judge for what, obstructing justice, you don’t do that. Think of the ‘Me Too’ movement,” he explained.
“Oh, everyone just lies about that? Oh really? Under oath? I don’t think so, that’s not the law of the land. And in stark contrast, President Trump has not committed any crimes whatsoever,” Starr said.
“This has been an impeachment in search of a label,” he added.
That’s the intriguing political angle to consider with what
is unfolding in Washington these days. Even with solid, video-taped evidence of
Clinton’s perjury, and firsthand, eyewitness testimony of Clinton’s obstruction
of justice, the Republican effort to remove Clinton from office fell flat. In
fact, it hurt the Republicans politically.
Today, with no solid legal evidence, no direct, eyewitness
testimony of a Trump crime, Democrats are moving forward in an effort to remove
him from office. Ken Starr doesn’t see that going well for them, and I can’t
say I disagree.
What’s interesting is that just a few weeks ago, several
leftist news organizations ran with a misleading headline that Starr believed it was “over” for President Trump. In actuality, Starr had
merely commented that based on a “bombshell day” of testimony from Ambassador
Sondland, it was clear the Democrats (and
their Intelligence Committee chair) felt it, “was over.” But since misleading
headlines have been a staple in the Democrat Media Complex’s arsenal of
misinformation for years, they ran with it anyway. Consequently, for a short
period time, the left’s infamous boogeyman Kenneth Starr had become their
Fascinatingly, none of those mainstream leftist media
sources are quoting Starr’s accurate comparison of how the legal case against
Trump stacks up against the legal case against Clinton. I wonder why that might