Skip to comments.Clinton Calls Impeachment Egregious Abuse
Posted on 11/11/2005 6:55:31 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Former president Bill Clinton called Congress' impeachment of him an "egregious" abuse of the Constitution and challenged those who say history will judge him poorly because of his White House tryst with Monica Lewinsky.
Speaking at an academic conference examining his presidency here Thursday, Clinton challenged historian Douglas Brinkley's comments in a newspaper interview that Clinton would be deemed a great president were it not for his impeachment.
"I completely disagree with that," Clinton said in his speech at Hofstra University. "You can agree with that statement, but only if you think impeachment was justified. Otherwise, it was an egregious abuse of the Constitution and law and history of our country."
Clinton was acquitted by the Senate of perjury and obstruction of justice at his 1999 impeachment trial, which he argued was not about what he called his "misconduct."
"Now if you want to hold it against me that I did something wrong, that's a fair deal," he said. "If you do that, then you have a whole lot of other questions, which is how many other presidents do you have to downgrade and what are you going to do with all those Republican congressmen, you know, that had problems?"
Clinton touted what he called the achievements of his eight-year presidency, from Middle East peace initiatives to turning around the U.S. economy.
His remarks were cheered loudly by the audience.
Clinton said his administration's failures included its slowness to act to halt the genocide in Rwanda and the decision to allow federal agents to raid a cult leader's compound in Waco, Texas. Nearly 80 cult followers died in a fire during the 1993 confrontation.
"We should have waited them out," he said.
The presidential conference is the 11th to be held at Hofstra; the first in 1982 examined the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
I'd challenge Doug Brinkley's assertion that Clinton was a great president regardless of impeachment.
Still a pig's ear, or worse.
I call it NOT ENOUGH. Put some ice on it bubba.
Bill Clinton can thank TRENT LOTT that he was not put out of the White House before his term was up!!!!!!!
Blame it on the "devil with the blue dress..."
He would have been a crap president even if he'd never been impeached.
They were just minding their own business in the White House when those bad federal agents demanded that they be allowed to burn those children to death??? Yeah, right.
May you live a long life full of pain and madness, Bill Clinton. Following your wife's humiliating ejection from American politics.
There are hundreds of thousands of felons across the U.S. who can mount the identical argument, if they only had a similar snake-oil salesman's gift of gab...
Did any of them attempt to subvert a federal civil rights case with perjury and subornation of perjury?
You did, which is why history will record you are only one of two presidents ever tagged with such ignominy.
Still bitter, still unrepentent, still blaming other's for his problems, still unable to accept responsibility for his disgraceful behavior. Still pointing to other men's sins. The man will never get it.
He is a weakling pervert con-artist.
All the great attributes of a Democrat.....
Jimmy Carter wannabe.....
Yeah, and the Titanic was a marvel of marine engineering until they rammed it into an iceberg!
Clinton's presidency will be always and forever associated with his impeachment, and I take issue with the statement that he would have been deemed a great president. He did NOTHING!
Oh, Willie, there's a lot more than that to cause history to judge you poorly.
What are we going to do?
Thank them all for the good grace, the class, the lack of trailer park mentality, and strength of character displayed by sliding into obscurity and not adding insult to injury by insisting on remaining in the public spotlight.
It is very important to note that Clinton chose to talk about his impeachment rather that his "accomplishments". Were there any?
The law ought to be able to find something in this puny list (there is much more)
RECORDS SET - The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance - Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates* - Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation - Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify - Most number of witnesses to die suddenly - First president sued for sexual harassment. - First president accused of rape. - First first lady to come under criminal investigation - Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case - First president to establish a legal defense fund. - First president to be held in contempt of court - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions - Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
Notice he didn't mention anything about a group called 'al Qaeda' or 'Osama bin Laden' in that statement. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Jesus Christ almighty, GET OVER IT, SLICKO SICKO!!
He caused his own problems and GOT CAUGHT......but we should have gone after him for more serioius charges.
The Clinton legacy is that we now call a Lewinsky a Lewinsky.
President Clinton's statement on conclusion of Whitewater investigation
You can HEAR clinton talk about his impeachment here:
Historian massages clinton numbers, ego + legacy at revisionist confab
click on "loser," (clinton's middle finger)
Everything was just rosey when he was President...well, except for WACO, OKC, The Embassies, the 1993 Towers Bombing (ON OUR SOIL) by the way, the Cole, Bosnia, the bombing of the Chinese Embassy, etc, etc, etc.
He RECENTLY said that if he went on TV with the truth about Monica at the time it came to light, he would have been kicked out of the Whitehouse. He lied to cause controversy and give him "time". At one time, he arrogantly said that he considered impeachment a "badge of honor". He hasn't changed and Hillary is not only like him, she is worse. She is the person who gave him "permission" to have affairs by "doing nothing". POWER!!!
Clinton Administration was an Egregious Abuse.
The shortest book ever: Bill Clinton's Achievements (well, the positive ones...there were plenty of failures).
Do you think Scooter's indictment for lying-under-oath about a non-crime is egregious as well?
The impeached POS needs to be denounced regularly.
"Like every other citizen who properly invokes that jurisdiction, respondent has a right to an orderly disposition of her claims."
"Orderly disposition", IE: without manipulation by the Executive Branch.
Of course, Clinton and the media play up the sex, and completely ignore the purjury, subornation of purjury, and obstruction of justice, in a case where he was the defendant.
Never mind that his sexual misconduct was able to be introduced in a court due to a law he promoted and signed.
It's instructive to remember that this Brinkley is the same fellow who tried to make a hero out of the anti-American fraud, John Kerry. I place zero faith in his credibility or anything he writes - noted hisorian, indeed...ROFLMAO
Bubba is a Loser.
Forgot....Clinton raised taxes on the most vunerable via a fuel tax. And he raised general taxes on everyone else. If I could "take" a little bit from everyone I know, I'd have money in the Kitty, too.
Your legacy, yeah.... HA! HA! HA!
Bill, you can get a hero award from Commie China for those missile plans. Now zip it!
Clinton piously signed the law that gave a women to ask the questions of a mans personel life in a sexual harassment suit.
Hoisted on his own petard?
The impeached POS needs to be denounced regularly.
I disagreed with Brinkley as well. Clinton wouldn't be considered a great president even without the impeachment.
He should be remembered as the president that squandered our military and sat idly by while terrorists repeatedly attacked us, culminating in the planning and setup of 9/11.
And I'll personally hate him for making my 12-year-old daughter have to understand what a blow job is for her history class.
Clintons TWO greatest accomplisments:
1. North Korean Threats
The Great Leader of the North, and his father before him,
had made daily threats against yhe U.S. for the past 55
years. Clinton stopped these threats, at least
temporarily, by sending Halfbright to negotiate.
Presto....nuclear power plant....nuclear weapons.
2. China's Inability To Get Satelites Into Orbit
Clinton sent Hughes and Loral representatives to aid
the Chinese. Whats the word "detente"?
Presto...the Chinese can now stage rockets, and last I
heard, were talking about going to the moon.
Let's be more explicit...
The First Rapist also began taxing Social Security payments for the first time ever (the real ones, not the welfare ones), plus not only instituted the most massive income tax increase ever, but made it retroactive, another historic first.
(But not in the way he intended it)
The Cult of Clinton
Even a butthead like you should understand...YOU disgraced the Office of the President of the United States of America and displayed your worthless morals for all to see.
Then, you LIED about it!! You lost the Trust of everyone...except your own mindslaves.
This is how WE see you!! So STFU!
Who but Mr. Sleaze himself would call a conference of former advisers together so he could announce to the press that "I, BillyJeff Clinton, was a Great President"?
Saw the story on MSNBC website here:
Take a look at the first related story:
"Condoms named after Clinton and Lewinsky"
That's his legacy forever more.