Ilhan Omar Hits Back At Lindsey Graham With His Own Words On Impeachment
As lawmakers and pundits discuss the possibility of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump in the wake of the Mueller report’s release, defenders of Trump are making extraordinary efforts to bend over backward to suggest he’s done nothing worth impeaching him over.
But for some, hypocrisies are being highlighted, especially for those who were around during the last attempt to impeach a sitting president.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) tweeted out his criticisms of some within the Democratic Party who are calling for impeachment proceedings of Trump to commence. Graham opined that House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) “is not in charge of the Democratic Party.”
Nancy Pelosi is not in charge of the Democratic Party. The radical left is in charge.
So, I will expect that there will be impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
The Mueller report, to me, is vindication of President Trump.https://t.co/KWZ0UzHKGC
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 23, 2019
“The radical left is in charge,” Graham wrote. “So, I will expect that there will be impeachment proceedings against President Trump.”
He added that he believed Trump had been vindicated by Mueller’s report, an opinion that many experts and fact-checkers do not share.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) took the opportunity to call out Graham’s tweet, quoting his words in a tweet of her own — and including remarks he made over 20 years ago about then-President Bill Clinton, during his impeachment process.
“If this body [Congress] 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.
Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.” https://t.co/9uqrXNYThb
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 23, 2019
Graham was discussing the fact during that time that a president can be impeached for reasons beyond a literal criminal act.
“If this body [Congress] determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” then impeachment is warranted, Graham explained then, “because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”
Indeed, the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which is one of the rationales granted to Congress to consider impeaching a president within the Constitution, is a common law phrase that dates back to the 1300s. It can include conduct or abuses of power unbecoming of an executive branch official, not just literal crimes, according to the Constitutional Rights Foundation.
That runs counter to what Trump himself suggested earlier this week, in a tweet in which he said he couldn’t be impeached due to not being charged with a crime by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019