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Vendetta against Clinton is a waste of time, money

Feb. 22, 2001

Since former President Bill Clinton left office, he has been consumed in controversy surrounding his last-minute pardon of international fugitive Marc Rich, allegations of White House vandalism and his move to rent an expensive, upscale office in New York.

Republicans in Congress have been leading the charge in criticizing Clinton since he left office, and the media and some Democrats have followed.

For the last eight years, so many of Clinton's actions have been harshly criticized and scrutinized just as these recent developments are being criticized. To all the members of Congress that do not like Clinton and are still trying to bring even more shame to his name, the editorial board has this to say: It's time to move on.

Clinton is not our president anymore, yet it seems that certain congressmen cannot resist their urge to go after the man.

Some of the allegations made against Clinton since he left office have since proven to be false or misleading anyway, such as the claim that Clinton took government belongings and furniture from Air Force One.

As for Clinton's plans to lease an expensive office in a ritzy part of New York for his post-presidential operations, he has since announced that he will seek an office in less-expensive Harlem.

As for Rich's pardon: Whether you believe that Clinton should have pardoned such a criminal or not, Clinton does have that constitutional right as president.

Clinton, the second president ever to be impeached, would become the first president to ever be impeached twice if some in Congress have their way.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana) says he might push to have the former president impeached again, which could keep Clinton from receiving government compensation, holding office in the future and receiving Secret Service protection. This talk is simply ridiculous.

The country has been through the impeachment process already, and it does not need to go through it again. In New York, a criminal investigation has commenced concerning Clinton's pardon of Rich. The prosecutors should handle that without Congress' involvement.

There are more important issues facing our country than Clinton's actions. Political leaders should address issues of education, Social Security, health care and taxes -- not to mention how to heal the divisions between Democrats and Republicans after a very divisive and long election process -- and stop wasting valuable time and money probing a former president's who's exercising his constitutional right.