House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said multiple times in 2018 that impeaching a president “cannot and should not be done on a partisan basis,” but the panel he heads is set to pass articles of impeachment by a party-line vote.
“If you’re serious about impeaching a president, it cannot and should not be done on a partisan basis. You have to have, at least by the end of the process, buy-in from the Republicans, or at least a good number of Republicans,” Nadler told MSNBC in February, 2018.
He went on to say, “if you’re really serious about removing a president from office for high crimes and misdemeanors, you shouldn’t do that unless you get at least an appreciable fraction of the people who voted for him, of the other side, to agree, reluctantly perhaps, to agree that ‘yeah, you had to do it,’ because otherwise you’ll have 20 years of recriminations. we won the election, you stole it from us. you don’t want to divide the country that way.”
The congressman later said in September that “impeachment should not be partisan,” and went on to say that he wouldn’t “tear the country apart,” a phrase he repeated that November on MSNBC.
“Because you don’t want to tear the country apart, you don’t want half the country to say to the other half for the next 30 years, ‘We won the election, you stole it from us.’ You have to be able to think at the beginning of the impeachment process that the evidence is so clear of offenses so grave that once you’ve lay out all the evidence, a good fraction of the opposition voters will reluctantly admit to themselves, ‘They had to do it.’ Otherwise you have a partisan impeachment, which will tear the country apart,” he said on “Morning Joe.”
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