Recalling the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton — and juxtaposing that event with news that the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will likely not feature any witnesses at all — Monica Lewinsky tweeted out on Friday morning her own thoughts about the matter.
“gee, too bad i had to give that videoed witness testimony for the senate trial in the clinton impeachment,” she wrote.
Lewinsky also lamented having to do so under “unflattering lighting” and while “having a bad hair day.”
Lewinsky, who is now an anti-bullying advocate, was an intern within the Clinton White House who had an affair with the president. Clinton was accused of having lied under oath about their relationship, and Republicans further charged him with possibly trying to get Lewinsky to lie on his behalf as well.
gee, too bad i had to give that videoed witness testimony for the senate trial in the clinton impeachment. (i mean, talk about unflattering lighting and having a bad hair day.)
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) January 31, 2020
According to transcripts of her testimony from 1999, Lewinsky said she understood that the two would lie about their relationship under almost any circumstance, but said that Clinton had never specifically asked her to lie under oath.
While Republicans in that impeachment trial insisted on her testimony and hearing from other witnesses, in Trump’s impeachment trial in the present, it appears they intend to have no witnesses be heard at all.
As Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, noted in an interview earlier this month, not hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial bucks tradition in the Senate.
“Every other impeachment trial the Senate has ever had, including those for other federal officials aside from the two presidential impeachments…has included witnesses,” she correctly pointed out.
Americans overall want to see impeachment witnesses appear at the Senate trial, polling from Quinnipiac University found, with 75 percent saying individuals with relevant information should be heard.
But with Sen. Lamar Alexander’s decision on Thursday night announcing he wouldn’t vote in favor of hearing from witnesses, the possibility that the Senate would hear from any person became slim.
Four Republican senators would have had to have joined the remaining Democratic caucus plus two independent senators in order to have forced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow witnesses to testify.