Flashback: Rep. Nadler on Ben Franklin quote about impeachment as ‘substitute for assassination’

Flashback: Rep. Nadler on Ben Franklin quote about impeachment as ‘substitute for assassination’
Jerrold Nadler (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Impeachment was Very Bad and Highly Undesirable back in 1998.]

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D.-N.Y.) sat in the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 10, 1998, and explained why he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton by citing an argument that Benjamin Franklin had made in the Constitutional Convention.

“Benjamin Franklin called impeachment ‘a substitute for assassination,’ Nadler said in a speech that has been memorialized on video by CSPAN.

The House Judiciary Committee did in fact vote to approve four articles of impeachment against Clinton, finding that he had committed perjury, obstructed the administration of justice and abused his office.

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