The House of Representatives is creating a new holiday tradition: an impeachment vote on nearly the exact anniversary of President Bill Clinton’s own ego-crashing humiliation 21 years ago.
Like snowflakes and stockings and other recurring holiday events, the procedural motions and furious charges have been set to a backdrop of White House holiday parties and tree lighting ceremonies.
It was on December 19, 1998 when Bill Clinton stood outside the White House with a Christmas tree behind him just after the Republican-run House had voted to impeach him.
With wife HIllary Clinton behind him, Clinton vowed: ‘I will continue to do the work of the American people.’ He promptly attended a White House Christmas Party.
President Bill Clinton’s humiliating impeachment was finalized on Dec. 19, 1998, amid Christmas decor at the White House; the president reacted contritely and went to a party
President Donald Trump’s impeachment comes 1 day short of 21 years later, also against a backdrop of Christmas and Hanukkah cheer
That moment came after an extraordinary run of events, including the resignation of Speaker-designate Bill Livingston, who had been accused of extramarital affairs even while assuming the top role in an impeachment based largely on the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
The House plowed through Republican protest votes on Wednesday, setting up six hours of debate and then a final impeachment vote.
President Trump will be hosting a Christmas-themed campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, when the roll call is tallied.
He has been attending holiday festivities every night as congressional Democrats marched toward impeachment.
The enduring news photos of both impeachments include Christmas trees and snowflakes
The House of Represetnatives impeached Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his illicit relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (left); Trump’s relates to Democrats’ perceptions of an unethical bargain trading military aid to Ukraine for that country’s pledge to investigate Joe Biden for corruption
He and first lady Melania Trump attended a Christmas reception Tuesday night while the House Rules Committee was engaging in combat over Trump’s actions toward Ukraine and the terms of the following day’s debate.
Chairman Jim McGovern and his united majority swatted back every GOP motion, leaving Republicans with the procedural equivalent of a lump of coal: no amendments.
As The Washington Post noted after scouring 90s impeachment coverage for Christmas references, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News this month that, ‘On the eve of Christmas, it is really sad’ to see Democrats pushing ahead.
Gingrich failed to mention that he oversaw Clinton’s impeachment in the same season of Nativity and Hanukkah.
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