A Republican member of Congress that voted to impeach Clinton said removing Trump from office would not be appropriate because the president didn’t swear on the bible, according to The Atlantic.
Ohio Representative Steve Chabot said the difference is that Clinton committed perjury, while Trump did not.
“President Clinton put his hand on the Bible, swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And then he lied. He perjured himself...Trump was never under oath,” he said.
Trump refused to answer regarding his potential obstruction of justice after lawyers warned him he could make himself vulnerable to a perjury charge.
According to the Atlantic, however, former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report includes a slew of instances in which the president or members of his administration lied or withheld the truth.
The Atlantic describes Chabot as a middle-of-the-road Republican, that is aligned with Trump but does not necessarily agree with his most radical policies. The politician was critical of Mueller’s investigation but never asked for the investigation to be shut down, unlike other lawmakers.
“I did not see obstruction of justice myself,” said Chabot, who claimed he would decline to comment on the investigation until the report was disclosed.