FLASHBACK: Jerry Nadler: There Must Never Be an Impeachment Supported by Just One Political Party FLASHBACK: Jerry Nadler: There Must Never Be an Impeachment Supported by Just One Political Party – NTK Network

FLASHBACK: Jerry Nadler: There Must Never Be an Impeachment Supported by Just One Political Party

"Such an impeachment...will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions," Nadler said in 1998.

By NTK Staff | 12.20.2017 @12:18pm

House Democrats voted Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to serve as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, meaning that Nadler will in all likelihood be the face of the Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Trump.

If Democrats are successful in retaking the House of Representatives in 2018, Nadler would become chair of the Committee responsible for bringing forward articles of impeachment against Trump.

Fifty-eight House Democrats have already voted favorably on a motion to impeach Trump, while Republicans still do not support the measure.

If there is a call to bring forward articles of impeachment against Trump, Nadler would do well to remember his past statements regarding impeaching a president with the support of only one political party.

“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters. We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our system of government or our Constitutional liberties unless against a dire threat,” Nadler said in 1998, during the House vote on impeaching former President Bill Clinton.

Nadler noted even then that Congress should not impeach a president unless they have an “overwhelming consensus of the American people.”

“There must never be a narrowly-voted impeachment or an impeachment supported by one of our major political parties and opposed by the other,” Nadler concluded. “Such an impeachment will produce the divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.”

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