-Impeachment isa political question, though, not a legal one.
-It is by design an inherentlypolitical process.
-Impeachment is sort of theatomic bomb of political tools.
-This has become the soundtrackof our age, that the decision to impeachis political, not legal, not moral,not constitutional.
Don't listen to this drumbeat.
If you hear someone sayimpeachment is a political question,don't buy it.
The framers of the Constitutioncertainly didn't.
See, the Constitutionis a legal document, and impeachment isa constitutional mechanism.
Therefore, impeachmentis a legal mechanism.
It was designed by the framersto permit the republic to hold the presidentaccountable for wrongdoing while in office.
-Then it's time for new leadership for the United Statesof America.
-Yes, members of Congress,politicians, must judge whether a president'sactions are treason, bribery, or other high crimesand misdemeanors.
-President Clintonhas been impeached.
-But the Senate makesits judgment on oath and under the presidingauthority of the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
-The Senate adjudgesthat the respondent, William Jefferson Clinton,president of the United States, is not guilty as charged in thesecond article of impeachment.
-The view that everythingis just politics reduces the world to the cynicalpursuit of power over others.
-If we don't get what we wantone way or the other, whether it's through you,through a military, through anythingyou want to call, I will shut down the government.
-This tactic will never build a healthy, prosperous society.
The framers of the Constitutioncreated impeachment as a legal mechanismto pursue the common good.
That's how we should thinkabout it, not as a political toolto serve one party's interest.
-Essentially impeachmentis a political process.
-Impeachment'sa political process.
-Yeah, it's political,but, you know, it's supposed to be high crimesand misdemeanors.
-Otherwise, we'll let thisinsidious soundtrack corrupt us, too.