Pence Called For Clinton’s Impeachment Over His "Repeated Lies” To The People
"The Presidency is more than executive responsibility. It is the inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals,” President Herbert C. Hoover wrote many years ago, and those words apparently made a strong impression on Vice President Mike Pence.
As President Bill Clinton faced impeachment over perjuring himself in the 1990s, Pence pointed to Hoover’s quote as proof that the president had failed to uphold his oath of office. Further, Clinton’s “repeated lies to the American people in this matter compound the case against him as they demonstrate his failure to protect the institution of the presidency as the 'inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals,’” Pence wrote in an op-ed at the time.
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“BREAKING: Vice-President Mike Pence authors column demanding that the President "Must Resign or Be Impeached" for his "repeated lies to the American people." The people may wish to move on, but "the Constitution does not permit such a national denial." https://t.co/b97ENNzgvb”
Polls showing that Americans were not nearly as concerned with Clinton’s lies and infidelity were to be ignored, Pence wrote, because “we are a government of laws and not of men,” nor “are we are government of the opinions of men and women.”
In fact, Clinton deserved to be held accountable in part for the decline in American values that led many voters to minimize his actions, then-congressional candidate Pence suggested. “In a day when reckless extramarital sexual activity is manifesting itself in our staggering rates of illegitimacy and divorce, now more than ever, America needs to be able to look to her First Family as role models of all that we have been and can be again,” he wrote.
“The challenge for the Republican Congress lies in the fact that the polls may be right. The American people may deeply wish to move on and put this unpleasantness behind us,” Pence continued, before adding: “Regrettably, the Constitution does not permit such a national denial.”
Republican leadership “must either act to restore the luster and dignity of the institution of the Presidency,” he declared, “or we can be certain that this is only the beginning of an even more difficult time for our land.”
“For the nation to move on, the President must move out.”
Pence’s thoughts on impeachment over law-breaking “in a big way or a small way (another way of saying high crimes or misdemeanors)” appears to have changed dramatically now that it is the Trump administration in the Constitution’s crosshairs.
President Donald Trump has lied to the American people thousands of times since taking office — no lie is too big or too small for this president — but Pence remains silent.
In his writing two decades ago, Pence quoted Alexander Hamilton from “The Federalist” with words he would surely be forced to abandon now that Trump is in the Oval Office: “Hamilton also cautioned against long suffering where a President failed to meet this high standard, writing, ‘a feeble Executive implies a feeble execution of government. A feeble Executive is but another name for a bad executive; and a government ill-executed... must be proclaimed a bad government.’"