Joe Lockhart on Impeachment: ‘In 1998, Democrats and Republicans Equally Took This Process Seriously’

‘The biggest difference between this time and last time is in 1998, Democrats and Republicans equally took this process seriously’

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LOCKHART: “You know, the biggest difference between this time and last time is in 1998, Democrats and Republicans equally took this process seriously. Democrats -- one of the first people to use the 'I’ word was Dick Gephardt, you know, that this might be impeachable. There was a lot of problems that we had in the United States Senate. There was some talk about going down to talk to the president at various times. In the Hose we had I think 38 members of the Democratic party vote to open the inquiry, 5 who voted with them. Those were not big numbers but both sides took it seriously, and they debated the same basic facts. This time the Democrats are using evidence and facts the Republicans are making up conspiracy theories, and the fact that no one is going to vote on something so much more consequential than what we’re talking about in ‘98 shows they’re not a serious party any longer, and they don’t -- they don't view the Constitution — excuse me, the rule of law the way they used to."

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