WASHINGTON – Former Speaker of Ohio Republican John Boehner says in a new memoir that he regrets supporting President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, calling it a partisan attack that he now wishes he had acted again.
In his book “On the House: A Washington Memoir”, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Boehner blamed Texas Representative Tom DeLay, then the No. 2 Republican, for a politically leveled protest against Mr. To inspire. Clinton had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The Republican-led House voted in 1998 to save Mr. Clinton by two votes. He Was acquitted by the Senate.
“In my view, Republicans impeached him for one reason and one reason only – because it was strictly recommended to us by one Tom DeLay,” Mr. Bohner writes. “Tom believed that attacking Clinton would give us all these House seats, it would be a major victory politically, and he reassured enough about membership and the GOP base that this was true.
“I was on board at the time,” Mr. Bohner went on. “I will not pretend otherwise. But I regret it now. I regret that I did not fight against it.
The memoir of Mr. Boehner, whose cover is a picture of a former speaker with a glass of merlot, with a burning cigarette next to it – his natural habitat for decades – is full of colorful stories from his time in Congress.
He He makes no fuss for those whom he considers to be far-flung bombs in his party. ()He Texas Senator saves many particularly vehement insults for Ted Cruz.) And he also donned Donald J. Issuing condemnation of Trump’s stinging, the former president has now “instigated that bloody rebellion” on January 6 by his supporters in the Capitol and that the Republican Party has been taken over by “odd jobs”.
“Trump’s refusal to accept the election result not only inflated the cost of the Republican Senate, but also mob violence,” Mr. Trump writes.
Mr. Boehner also recounted on the record some of Capitol Hill’s most talked about exchanges, including delegates at the time, after Republican Representative Don Young of Alaska made an important speech for Sweetheart Projects, Mr. Boehner on the House floor But the knife was taken out. Alaska.
“Sometimes I can still feel that thing against my throat,” Mr. Bohner writes. (The two would later change things, and Mr. Boehner would serve as the best man at Mr. Young’s wedding.)
Mr. Boehner is also involved in an encounter in his office in which Mark Meadows, then a Republican representative from North Carolina and a leader of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, fell to his knees to apologize after a political triumvirate attempt against Mr. Boehner . failed.
“Not long after the vote – a vote that ended in failure, like many attempts at the Freedom Caucus – I was told that Meadows wanted to meet with me one by one,” Mr. Bohner recalled. “Before I knew it, he got off the couch and was on his knees. Right there in my street. He was the first one. His hands came in front of him as if he was going to pray. ‘Mr. Mr. President, please forgive me, ‘he said, or words to that effect. “
Mr. Boehner says he was surprised that at this very moment, Mr. Meadows’ “elite and unsympathetic band of Freedom Caucus Warriors would have made their star organizer stand on the verge of tears, but that was not my problem.”
Mr. Boehner sees the man who would later become Chief of Staff of Mr. Trump’s White House.
“I pull a long, slow motion of my Camel cigarette,” he writes. “Hang the tension a little there, you know? I saw my pack of camels on the desk next to me, then I looked at him, and asked (as if I don’t know): ‘For what?’
Maggie Haberman Contributed to reporting from New York.