Long-time pollster and former Clinton advisor Mark Penn made it clear that he wants the “divisive” impeachment of President Donald Trump to end, as it’s going “nowhere.”
In an op-ed for The Hill, Penn said that the impeachment process is taking away from the critical issues facing the nation and that congress needs to get back to the real issues at hand.
“We are facing an impeachment shutdown — the road-blocking of all our government’s institutions for an impeachment that is going nowhere. It will inflame passions, divide our country further and accomplish nothing of any significance.”
Without naming any names, Penn chided the numerous individuals who have set out to make a name for themselves during the trial.
“The cast is now complete with shady characters, wronged bureaucrats and impeachment prosecutors preening for their close-ups on national TV,” he said, adding later that Congress needs “to end this quickly, get back to the business of the country, and then have an election.”
Penn recounted his time helping former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial, which he says was similar to Trump’s impeachment, in that they both are aimless and partisan.
“I helped to defend President Clinton when the country wasted time then on another impeachment that went nowhere. The president certainly was not innocent of all of the accusations, and he lost his law license and paid significant fines for his actions, but impeachment was rejected and his hold on the presidency affirmed,” he said.
He continued: “Like them or not, presidents uniquely represent the elected will of the people. As such, their removal is not just about the removal of a person but the overturning of that elected will. For that reason, there are few offenses that will be so grievous as to cause the party in power to give up their party’s leader and convict a president; most charges, even if true, won’t reach that high bar for removal. Clearly, the accusations in 1998 and 1999 did not meet that threshold, and neither do the charges today.”
It has yet to be determined how long the impeachment process against Trump will continue, let alone how much of a strain it could put on the upcoming 2020 election.