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Evidently he was not interested in being distracted by “the global war on terror” before 2001.  

Statement by Senator Christopher Bond (R-Missouri)

Following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the articles of impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

On Friday, February 12, 1999, I voted to convict President William Jefferson Clinton on both counts of the Impeachment Articles brought by the United States House of Representatives charging that he committed perjury and obstruction of justice. My reasons follow….

It is precisely in good times, with the President high in the polls, that it is incumbent upon the Senate to exercise very thoroughly and carefully the responsibility under the Constitution to make the difficult decision on whether the President has committed high-crimes and misdemeanors warranting his removal from office. If we are to have a government of laws and not of men and not of public opinion polls, then we must judge the President on the evidence presented to us. I believe that the acts that he committed constitute high-crimes and misdemeanors warranting his conviction…

[emphasis added]

What had been going in the world before that time?

It was Friday, February 26, 1993, and Middle Eastern terrorism had arrived on American soil-with a bang.

And immediately after?

Lessons From The USS Cole Bombing

It appears that global terrorism was an issue.

That was then, this is now:

EXCLUSIVE: Holder assures GOP on prosecution

Eli Lake

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

…Eric H. Holder Jr.’s confirmation as attorney general is speeding toward approval thanks in part to his private assurances to a key Republican senator that he does not intend to prosecute intelligence agency interrogators for their actions during the prior administration.

The assurances, reported by Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican, to The Washington Times on Wednesday, went beyond Mr. Holder’s earlier public testimony in which he said he could not prejudge his actions regarding cases he had not seen.

“I believe [Mr. Holder] will look forward to keep the nation safe and not look backwards to prosecute intelligence operators who were fighting terror and kept our country safe since 9/11,” Mr. Bond said in the interview…

[emphasis added]

What will the children think?

Others say a few things about the issue brought about by this sudden change in attitude from Kit Bond:

Kit Bond is Full of It

Holder Aide: We Made No Special Promises to Bond

Did Holder Promise No Prosecutions?

The definition of a “two-tiered justice system”