“President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office "immediately," House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement on Thursday.
"I am once again urging that the president be impeached and removed from office. We have a limited period of time in which to act. The nation cannot afford a lengthy, drawn out process, and I support bringing articles of impeachment directly to the House floor," Nadler said.
Inversely, Nadler is quoted saying, when Clinton was in office; "There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment supported by one of our major political parties and opposed by the other.”
"Such an impeachment will produce a divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions," he said.
Nadler and his staff released a report explaining why Trump "is unfit to remain in office a single day longer" on Tuesday.
"President Trump committed a high Crime and Misdemeanor against the Nation by inciting an insurrection at the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election," the report reads.
However, Nadler claimed politically motivated impeachments "call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions" when President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, faced such a threat from House Republicans.
"The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters," Nadler said on the House floor during the Clinton impeachment hearings more than 20 years ago. "We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our system of government or constitutional liberties against a dire threat, and we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people."
Nadler's report comes as some Republicans, including the likes of high-profile Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., support impeachment.
"Much more will become clear in the coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing," Cheney noted.
Many have pointed out that Nadler had a very different reaction to plotting against the U.S. Capitol when he pushed for a pardon for former Weather Underground member Susan Rosenberg. In 1988, Rosenberg was charged for her role in the 1983 Senate bombing that killed no one but caused roughly $250,000 in damage (the charges were later dropped), according to Politico.
She was already in prison because of her connection to a robbery that resulted in the murder of two police officers and faced a 58-year sentence before she was pardoned thanks to Nadler's help, RealClear Politics reported.