Mitch McConnell on Impeachment

Quotes by Senator Mitch McConnell on Impeachment

THEN
NOW


1998 - 1999
2019

Mitch McConnell on Impeachment Then
Mitch McConnell on Impeachment Now


#MitchMcConnell 2/12/98: "The investigation is legitimate and ascertaining the truth…is absolutely critical." » #McConnell 9/24/19: "Democrats have simply shifted to new arguments for their predetermined conclusion." Click To Tweet

Quotes by Senator Mitch McConnell on Impeachment

THEN

1998 - 1999

Mitch McConnell on Impeachment Then
“Our nation is indeed at a crossroads. Will we pursue the search for truth, or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth? I am of course referring to the investigation into serious allegations of illegal conduct by the president of the United States — that the president has engaged in a persistent pattern and practice of obstruction of justice. The allegations are grave, the investigation is legitimate, and ascertaining the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the unqualified, unevasive truth is absolutely critical.”
- Feb 12, 1998

Senate Floor Speech

C-SPAN, Feb 12, 1998
Presidential Investigation

(retrieved 9/25/19)
“What we are saying, I would think, is that any time somebody lies under oath before a grand jury, or obstructs justice, that is a serious matter.”
- 1998-99

CNN, 1998 or early 1999
After nearly two years of coverups...

(retrieved 9/25/19)
quote starts at beginning

“Time after time, the President came to a fork in the road. Time after time, he had the opportunity to choose the noble and honorable path. Time after time, he chose the path of lies and lawlessness
“President Clinton’s decisions have led the United States Senate to its own critical crossroads. And, now we must choose our path. We can do the right thing. Or we can lower our standards and allow Bill Clinton to cling to public office–regardless of the consequences to our nation, to our system of justice, and to our future generations
“I think that the United States Senate has a clear choice. Do we want to retain President Clinton in office, or do we want to retain our honor, our principle, and our moral authority? For me, and for many members in my impeachment-fatigued party, I choose honor.”
- Feb 12, 1999

CNN, Feb 12, 1999
Sen. McConnell's closed-door impeachment statement

(retrieved 9/25/19)


#MitchMcConnell 2/12/99: "Do we want to retain President Clinton in office, or do we want to retain our honor?" » #McConnell 9/25/19: "❲It is❳ laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense." Click To Tweet

NOW

2019

Mitch McConnell on Impeachment Now
“When investigations by Special Counsel Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence deflated their breathless accusations of a campaign conspiracy with Russia, Democrats have simply shifted to new arguments for their predetermined conclusion… This rush to judgment comes just a few hours after President Trump offered to release the details of his phone conversation with President Zelensky. It comes despite the fact that committee-level proceedings are already underway to address the whistleblower allegation through a fair, bipartisan, and regular process. It simply confirms that House Democrats’ priority is not making life better for the American people but their nearly three-year-old fixation on impeachment.”
Sept 24, 2019 -

Mitch McConnell Senate Office, Sept 24, 2019
Leader McConnell Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s Impeachment Inquiry Announcement

(retrieved 9/25/19)
“[It is] laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense. I’ve read the summary of the call. If this is the ‘launching point’ for House Democrats’ impeachment process, they’ve already overplayed their hand. It’s clear there is no quid pro quo that the Democrats were desperately praying for.”
Sept 24, 2019 -


#MitchMcConnell 2/12/99: "Do we want to retain President Clinton in office, or do we want to retain our honor?" » #McConnell 9/25/19: "❲It is❳ laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense." Click To Tweet