House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told a "total dishonest lie" when she said former President Bill Clinton was impeached for "being stupid," ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was in office when Clinton was impeached, said Friday.
"We had 11 counts on which Clinton was found guilty by an independent counsel in a report," Gingrich said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Zero counts of guilty for Trump. Eleven counts of guilty. One of those counts was perjury, a felony for which you can go to jail. Clinton himself lost the right to practice law in Arkansas. Paid the woman who is suing him over $800,000. This was never about sex in the Oval Office. It was about the rule of law and whether or not the president could commit perjury."
During a CNN town hall Tuesday night, Pelosi commented about the people who are saying the claims that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals under the thread of blocking aid don't rise to impeachment.
"Right there, impeaching Bill Clinton for being stupid in terms of something like that," said Pelosi. "I mean, I love him, I think he was a great president, but being stupid in terms of that, what would somebody do, not to embarrass their family, but in any event, so they did Bill Clinton, now they want me to do George Bush, I didn't want it to be a way of life in our country."
Gingrich also commented that it is ironic that Clinton had faced a sexual harassment lawsuit,w which in today's environment would have left him "drummed out of office by the liberals," said Gingrich. "Nancy Pelosi last night deliberately and methodically lied to the American people."
Meanwhile, the White House has until 5 p.m. Friday to say if it will participate in upcoming House Judiciary hearings, and Gingrich said that won't happen, as the "whole thing is a joke."
"It is frankly very, very close to what Clarence Thomas once described as a modern-day lynch mob," Gingrich said. "I think Jonathan Turley, the professor who voted against (President Donald) Trump but who nonetheless came back and testified the other day that of all the two impeachments that occurred (this) is the weakest of the three. It lowers the prestige of the House, and the House is abusing power."
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