Longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw said that, unlike the impeachment effort of President Richard Nixon, Democrats lack “the goods” on President Donald Trump.
Brokaw was speaking while promoting his new book, “The Fall of Richard Nixon.”
“The big difference is … if they still dont have what you would call the goods on this president in terms of breaking the law and being an impeachable target for them,” Brokaw said during an appearance on MSNBC this week, “theyre going to start the process but they dont have the same kind of clarity that the people who were opposed to Richard Nixon had because it was so clear that these were criminal acts he was involved in.”
Host Andrea Mitchell noted that the tapes from the Oval Office helped bring Nixon down.
“There are no more taping systems in the Oval Office,” Brokaw said.
“That we know of,” Mitchell said. Brokaw agreed.
House Democrats have for weeks been conducting an impeachment inquiry, trying to establish grounds for impeaching Trump.
The House was slated on Thursday to vote for a resolution laying out the next phase of the inquiry, including the possibility of public hearings, while changing key rules from the impeachment inquiries of Nixon and President Bill Clinton to give Republicans and Trump fewer rights.
Democrats have hyped the transparency they say the resolution would bring to the process while Republicans have railed against the majority party for the rule changes.
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