Asha Rangappa @AshaRangappa_ Fmr FBI Special Agent, lawyer, faculty @JacksonYale. Tiger(ish) mom. @CNN analyst. Editor @just_security. Karaoke, golf, and Shakespeare aficionado. Views mine. Jun. 04, 2019 1 min read

Uh, this is an intellectually lazy argument, @brithume. You asked what’s the difference. The difference is that one was conducted at the behest of a single individual (Hoover). The other was conducted through a tripartite process involving checks and oversight. Big difference. 1/

This like saying that the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan was “the same” as the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Both attempted to remove a POTUS. One was done by a rogue crazy person wielding a gun. The other was done through a process outlined in the Constitution. 2/

Even if you believe (as many do) that the latter was done based on a flimsy premise, for political reasons, and an abuse of power, describing Clinton’s impeachment as an “attempted assassination” would be...well, stupid, inflammatory, and wrong.

Words have meanings. Learn them.


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