Twelve years after the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) wants the House to admit it was all a mistake.
Fattah says he plans to introduce a resolution Nov. 15 disavowing Clinton's impeachment as "the most highly partisan example of the politics of personal destruction in the recent history of this House." In a lame-duck session, the Republican-led House voted to impeach Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998, on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice. The Senate acquitted Clinton of the charges.
"Essentially what you're doing is expunging the record," Fattah said.
Fattah has thought about correcting the "injustice" against Clinton for a long time, he said, and the current lame-duck session of Congress would be "a good place to show bipartisanship." Democrats will lose their majority in January, after Republicans picked up at least 61 seats in the mid-term election.
Some Democrats are concerned that Republicans will conduct endless investigations of President Obama's administration next year. "That would not serve the country well," Fattah said, adding that his resolution "would set an enormously positive tone."
Under House rules, a resolution pertaining to the reputation of the House can receive a floor vote within 48 hours of its introduction, Fattah said.
The congressman said he had not spoken to Clinton about the proposal. Republicans no doubt will have a lot to say.