President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A CNN writer warns, “Unlike the last President to be acquitted, don’t expect Trump to apologize or express any contrition for his conduct. Instead, people close to the President say they anticipate he will claim vindication and continue to proclaim his complete and total innocence.”
No, they’re not kidding us.
Apparently, President Clinton told Americans he was “profoundly sorry” for his conduct.
According to CNN, “sources close to the President say Trump is likely to stick to his insistence that his conduct was “perfect.” One Republican close to Trump said, “I don’t see the President making a big statement one way or another that would indicate anything different than what he’s been saying for many months.”
Let me refresh CNN’s memory. Although impeachment wound up to be a disaster for the Republicans, Clinton had been accused of actual crimes. He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Additionally, the House vote to impeach was bipartisan.
The House vote to approve Article I was 228-206. Five Democrats voted to approve and five Republicans voted against. For Article II, it was 221-212.
Article I, charging Clinton with perjury, alleged in part that:
On August 17, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth before a federal grand jury of the United States. Contrary to that oath, William Jefferson Clinton willfully provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury concerning one or more of the following:
- the nature and details of his relationship with a subordinate government employee;
- prior perjurious, false and misleading testimony he gave in a federal civil rights action brought against him;
- prior false and misleading statements he allowed his attorney to make to a federal judge in that civil rights action; and
- his corrupt efforts to influence the testimony of witnesses and to impede the discovery of evidence in that civil rights action.
Article II, charging Clinton with obstruction of justice, alleged in part that:
The means used to implement this course of conduct or scheme included one or more of the following acts:
- … corruptly encouraged a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him to execute a sworn affidavit in that proceeding that he knew to be perjurious, false and misleading.
- … corruptly encouraged a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him to give perjurious, false and misleading testimony if and when called to testify personally in that proceeding.
- … corruptly engaged in, encouraged, or supported a scheme to conceal evidence that had been subpoenaed in a Federal civil rights action brought against him.
- … intensified and succeeded in an effort to secure job assistance to a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him in order to corruptly prevent the truthful testimony of that witness in that proceeding at a time when the truthful testimony of that witness would have been harmful to him.
- … at his deposition in a Federal civil rights action brought against him, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly allowed his attorney to make false and misleading statements to a Federal judge characterizing an affidavit, in order to prevent questioning deemed relevant by the judge. Such false and misleading statements were subsequently acknowledged by his attorney in a communication to that judge.
- … related a false and misleading account of events relevant to a Federal civil rights action brought against him to a potential witness in that proceeding, in order to corruptly influence the testimony of that witness.
- … made false and misleading statements to potential witnesses in a Federal grand jury proceeding in order to corruptly influence the testimony of those witnesses. The false and misleading statements made by William Jefferson Clinton were repeated by the witnesses to the grand jury, causing the grand jury to receive false and misleading information.
President Trump was not charged with a crime. He was impeached only because the Democrats won the House majority which handed them the opportunity to run roughshod all over the President’s rights. It was not based on a crime, but on the Democrats’ irrational hatred of the man who occupies the White House.
Sorry CNN, there is no reason for the President to apologize. Actually, the Democrats should issue an apology to President Trump and to the American people. Instead, they’ll continue their foolish resistance, providing Americans with a strong incentive to vote Republican in November.