In 1999, Graham: “You Don’t Have To Be Convicted Of A Crime” To Be Impeached

To Graham, his statement that impeachment should protect the "integrity" of the Oval Office doesn't apply to Trump.

In a tweet on Monday morning, President Donald Trump proudly claimed that Congress cannot impeach him because “[t]here were no crimes by me,” Law and Crime reports.

But in 1999, then-representative Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) held a completely different view of impeachment than 2019 Donald Trump.

While discussing an effort to impeach President Bill Clinton, Graham said, “[Y]ou don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic. If this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role because […] Impeachment is not about punishment, impeachment is about cleansing the office.”

He continued, “Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”

On Twitter, however, Trump claimed, “Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!”

Trump perceives the newly released report from special counsel Robert Mueller as absolving the president of any wrongdoing, but many interpret the volume on obstruction in the 448-page document as an obvious referral for impeachment.

And despite his emboldened stance on the "integrity" of the office 20 years ago, Graham continues to side with the president. In an interview with CNN, Graham said that he is "done with the Mueller report."

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