As a refresher, here, once again, is Jonathan Turley’s statement about impeachment two decades ago, when the president was a Democrat, and the crime involved fibbing about unattractive, abusive, adulterous, but consensual sex, a fib told during the partisan dogfight that erupted after the right wing media apparatus— funded by the likes of Richard Mellon Scaife and Charles Koch, designed to discredit the president in order to prevent the passage of health care reform—- had exposed the president’s unsavory sexual escapades:
“In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker; it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
The allegations against President Clinton go to the very heart of the legitimacy of his office and the integrity of the political system. As an individual, a president may seek spiritual redemption in the company of friends and family. Constitutional redemption, however, is found only in the company of representatives of all three branches in the well of the Senate. It is there that legitimacy, once recklessly lost, can be regained by a president.”