WASHINGTON — Former Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, says in a new memoir that he regrets supporting the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, calling it a partisan attack that he now wishes he experienced repudiated.
In his ebook “On the Dwelling: A Washington Memoir,” a copy of which was received by The New York Periods, Mr. Boehner blames Consultant Tom Hold off of Texas, then the No. 2 Republican, for top a politically inspired campaign in opposition to Mr. Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White Dwelling intern.
The Republican-led Dwelling voted to impeach Mr. Clinton on two counts in 1998. He was acquitted by the Senate.
“In my see, Republicans impeached him for a person motive and one purpose only — because it was strenuously advised to us by just one Tom Hold off,” Mr. Boehner writes. “Tom thought that impeaching Clinton would earn us all these Property seats, would be a major earn politically, and he confident sufficient of the membership and the G.O.P. foundation that this was accurate.
“I was on board at the time,” Mr. Boehner went on. “I will not faux usually. But I regret it now. I regret that I did not fight versus it.”
Mr. Boehner’s memoir, whose protect is a photograph of the former speaker holding a glass of merlot, with a lit cigarette in an ashtray beside him — his organic habitat for a long time — is comprehensive of colourful stories from his time in Congress.
He pulls no punches for individuals he sights as significantly-proper bomb-throwers in his get together. (He saves various significantly forceful insults for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.) And he concerns a stinging denunciation of Donald J. Trump, declaring that the now former president “incited that bloody insurrection” by his supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and that the Republican Party has been taken above by “whack work opportunities.”
Mr. Trump’s “refusal to acknowledge the end result of the election not only charge Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence,” Mr. Boehner writes.
Mr. Boehner also particulars on the history some of Capitol Hill’s most talked-about exchanges, which includes the time that Representative Don Young, Republican of Alaska, pulled a knife on Mr. Boehner on the Home flooring just after a critical speech about sweetheart projects likely to Alaska.
“Sometimes I can nonetheless feel that matter towards my throat,” Mr. Boehner writes. (The two would afterwards patch things up, and Mr. Boehner would serve as the most effective gentleman in Mr. Young’s wedding.)
Mr. Boehner also relays an face in his business in which Mark Meadows, then a Republican representative from North Carolina and a leader of the proper-wing Freedom Caucus, dropped to his knees to beg for forgiveness soon after a political coup try towards Mr. Boehner failed.
“Not long soon after the vote — a vote that like a lot of of the Liberty Caucus’s endeavours ended in abject failure — I was advised that Meadows wanted to meet up with with me one particular-on-just one,” Mr. Boehner recalled. “Before I knew it, he experienced dropped off the sofa and was on his knees. Appropriate there on my rug. That was a initial. His palms came together in entrance of him as if he have been about to pray. ‘Mr. Speaker, make sure you forgive me,’ he mentioned, or terms to that influence.”
Mr. Boehner suggests he questioned, in the instant, what Mr. Meadows’s “elite and uncompromising band of Liberty Caucus warriors would have built of their star organizer on the verge of tears, but that was not my dilemma.”
Mr. Boehner seems to be down at the man who would afterwards turn into Mr. Trump’s White Household chief of personnel.
“I took a prolonged, gradual drag of my Camel cigarette,” he writes. “Let the tension cling there a minimal, you know? I looked at my pack of Camels on the desk next to me, then I seemed down at him, and asked (as if I didn’t know): ‘For what?’”
Maggie Haberman contributed reporting from New York.