Bost: "Big Difference" Between His Experience with Blagojevich Impeachment and Trump Inquiry

Oct 11, 2019

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is a political move - and not the same as the impeachment of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The Murphysboro Republican was in the Illinois legislature when Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office. He says back then, there was more evidence pointing to wrongdoing.
"We had high crimes and misdemeanors. I know that's shocking that you have that in the state of Illinois, but we had it. So, we moved forward, and we were able to do what it is we were assigned to do under the constitutional powers of the state of Illinois. There is a big difference between what went on there, and what we're doing now."
Bost says it's not clear what the President was asking for in his conversation with Ukraine's leader, and that there isn't the same clear evidence in this case as he looks at it.

"Rod Blagojevich did some very heinous things that were recorded. So much so that he went to jail thereafter. In any person that knows the legal grounds, everything that's come up - whether it's the Mueller Report, all of this - you may not like him and you would like to see that he would get nailed for something but you haven't found - you haven't even found the smoking gun."

Meanwhile, more subpoenas are being issued in relation to the administration's dealings with Ukraine. Bost says if the matter comes before the full House, he will consider all the evidence.