Friday, June 9, 2017

S.C. congressman driven out by tea party says he voted to impeach Clinton for less serious issues than those facing Trump

Former Rep. Bob Inglis: "Don't obstruct justice. Put country first."

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 4:11 PM

When Bob Inglis lost his Republican primary at the start of the tea party wave in 2010, he was a lame duck congressman on the sidelines of a changing Upstate S.C. conservative political climate.

click to enlarge Inglis served as the 4th District representative from '93-99 and '05-11 - PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
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  • Inglis served as the 4th District representative from '93-99 and '05-11
On his second stint in Congress from the Fourth District, Inglis had a unique perspective on Washington after having taken a six-year Beltway break following a failed run for the U.S. Senate in 1998. As a member of the committee that investigated President Bill Clinton, Inglis later called the dogged inquiry into Clinton's proclivities "a waste."

Inglis re-entered Congress in 2005 with a new clarity of purpose focused on policies, not ideological fights. He remained a moderate Republican who didn't play into new talkshow banter around birtherism and socialism. Four years later, he was defeated in a GOP primary by a "quippy Southern prosecutor" named Trey Gowdy.

Since then, Inglis has been one of the nation's most outspoken conservatives on addressing climate issues, founding the business-focused Energy and Enterprise Initiative.

Inglis in 2010 after losing to Gowdy: "It's a dangerous strategy to build conservatism on information and policies that are not credible…"

Today, a day after fired FBI director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he thinks President Donald Trump lied to him, Inglis fired back at defense of the president by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who attributed the controversy to the president's political inexperience.

In a thread of tweets this morning, Inglis said that the Republican Congress pursued Clinton for "matters less serious than the ones before us now," challenging Ryan's insistence that Republicans wouldn't be afraid to impeach Trump.





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