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Looking ahead to a Senate trial

Despite the holidays, we're still getting plenty of e-mail about President Bill Clinton's impeachment and the upcoming Senate trial. Here's a sample, and if you'd like to comment, drop us e-mail too. Be sure to include your name and home town.

'The stupidity of the U.S. Congress'

This is incredible! I can't believe the stupidity of the U.S. Congress any longer, or maybe I can if I waste any time reflecting on their recent performance. Now I read that Sen. Lott is forming a special committee, as advisors to the impeachment trials ... | Full Story

Why don't these bozos wake up? ... Clinton has a 73 percent job approval rating. Tell me what other president in his last two years has had an approval rating that high. These guys must be living in another era, or planet, or somewhere else than in the U.S. in 1998. If they can't see that the American people want Clinton to stay in office and on the contrary ... take more time and spend more money to "decide" on what to do, then I do not believe they deserve to hold the offices they have been elected to. Get the bums out is what I say! At least Gingrich and Livingston have had the integrity ... and moral fortitude and are men enough to do the correct thing and resign. I guess the rest of the sheep will have to be voted out to get rid of their stench!

So Sen. Lott, if you can call yourself a senator any longer, lead your band of no-minds into the correct decision and put an end to this thing. Censure and fine Clinton if you think that will satisfy your and your mindless followers', read that Republicans, hypocritical well-being and small minds, but get this over with immediately, and get back to the business of running the country.

Only a true idiot would need advisors to make this "No-Brainer"!

Hey, guess what, I'm not happy with your performance, but then I don't expect you care about me or any other Americans' opinion, just your own.

Merry X-mas.

-- Carl Sauer, Stavanger, Norway, December 24

'Sad example of moral leadership'

I was both shocked and embarrassed by the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. They made no attempt to assess the facts and come up with a bipartisan conclusion.

I believe that the senators should ignore their party affiliations and actually examine the facts. I watched all four hours and three minutes of Clinton's appearance before the grand jury and no reasonable person could ever come to any conclusion but that he spent considerable time and effort in preparing to lie before the grand jury. It is also more than obvious that he obstructed justice, and is a sad example of moral leadership for our nation.

In a normal jury, Barbara Boxer would be excused due to her relationship to the Clinton's. Will she excuse herself from the Senate jury?

-- Andrea Lawrence, Oceanside, California, December 24

'Only Kenneth Starr to thank'

The GOP has only Kenneth Starr to thank for opening up this can of worms. Unfortunately, most of the fish being caught are Republicans. God works in mysterious ways.

-- Becky Bunch, December 24

'Should be a trial in the Senate'

To me it's simple: There should be a trial in the Senate. If the president lied under oath, he committed a felony and should be removed from office. If he did not, he should not be removed. Lying to the American people while NOT under oath, although despicable, is not against the law and not reason for impeachment.

We elect and pay our public officials because we trust their judgment and want them to be leaders. And lead is what I want them to do. Sometimes a leader must go against popular opinion to do the right thing. If their judgment turns out to be faulty, then we can elect someone else next time. A politicians should not put re-election above doing the right thing. Honor and integrity is the true test of a leader.

So let the Senate look at all the evidence. If he committed the crime, he should be convicted and removed. If he did not, he should be acquitted and allowed to serve out his term.

-- Fred Tisdale, Hanford, California, December 24

'Vindictive, partisan politics'

The Republican party just doesn't get it. The polls supporting President Clinton do not mean that the people are apathetic. The polls do not mean the people don't care about character. The polls simply represent that the scorn towards Clinton's personal behavior is more than compensated by the scorn towards the GOP's brand of vindictive, partisan politics.

Over the past six years, Whitewater has morphed into Travelgate, Filegate and finally Monica Lewinsky. A schoolyard bully has as much ability to pick a fight. The American people recognize this. The GOP is slowly self-destructing; may they wake up before it's too late.

-- Mike Calkins, December 24

'Disgraced ... our country'

I feel that President Clinton should resign. He has disgraced his family, the White House and our country. It's time for him to drop his pride.

Thank you.

-- Patricia J. James, December 24

'The Democrats just don't get it'

The Democrats just don't get it! They all scream "partisan politics." How many Democrats voted for impeachment? To a liberal democrat, only Republicans are partisan. They should take a long hard look in the mirror. I can't detect a "statesman" in the lot!

-- Sam Rabon, Metairie, Louisiana, December 24

'Subverting the Constitution'

Dear Senator Byrd,

The country is looking to you as the senior senator regarding the constitutionality of this impeachment and the resulting trial. Since this matter has now been turned over to the Senate for trial, how can the Senate obviate a trial which is constitutionally required, based on articles of impeachment passed by the House?

If you sell out to public opinion which today appears to be in favor of censure, you will be recorded as subverting the constitution along with President Clinton. Aren't you concerned that your legacy and Clinton's may be one in the same? Since when do jurors, before a trial, discuss and deliberate the outcome before the evidence is presented and arguments are heard?

Protect and preserve the rule of law. Resolution to this matter is not a matter of expediency, nor what the polls are indicating now. You need to rise above this, and preserve your good reputation for the statesman you are.


-- C. Housner, December 24


When I immigrated to the States many years ago I believed that it included a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." The current persecution of an elected president by the Republican party against the wishes of the majority of the electorate for sexual indiscretions which have absolutely no bearing on his ability to carry out the duties of his office is ridiculous in my opinion and in the eyes of most of the rest of the world and casts grave doubt on whether the Government (read Republicans) place any importance on the wishes of the people. I hope the Senate exhibits a more mature understanding of the situation and takes a more realistic stand ...

My ten cents worth,

-- Terry Pilkington, December 24

'No respect left for any Republican'

If 75 percent of the country did not want Clinton impeached and the House of Representatives are supposed to represent the people, then why do we now have an impeached President in office? Doesn't this alarm anyone?

This is yet another example of the political system failing to do the duties outlined in the Constitution. The whole impeachment process was nothing other than a Republican attack and holds absolutely no water or credibility in my opinion.

If there was actually an impeachable offense, maybe I would have considered their testimony. I have no respect left for any Republican and I am sure that many people in the country feel the same way. They have done nothing but hurt themselves when they were trying to come out on top.

I am not sure if the political system in America can ever be the same. In my eyes, a greater injustice was done here, one that is greater than any other crime that the House of Representatives accused President Clinton of. The charge: Not accurately representing the States and putting their best interests before their citizens.

-- Cody Briggs, Dublin, Ohio, December 24

'The gang that couldn't shoot straight'

Congressman DeLay has commented, "I can tell you with great certainty that a censure resolution would have failed in the House."

How does he know this? From a head count after the impeachment vote? I was under the impression that House Republicans were free to "vote their conscience" on impeachment, without coercion from leadership.

The appearance to the public was that a censure resolution was not allowed to be presented for a vote because of uncertainty as to the outcome of that vote. If it is true, as Congressman DeLay suggests, that a censure resolution would have failed, then why not allow it to be voted upon? I believe the American public would have been more accepting of the impeachment vote if it has come after a failed resolution for censure. The route the Republicans choose to follow destroyed any illusions of bipartisanship.

The House Republican leadership truly is the "gang that couldn't shoot straight."


-- Jim Jolley, Paradise, California, December 23

'Good riddance'

It is time for all of us to put this impeachment business behind us. Right now we have members in the House who are backtracking on their vote. It just shows me they are political animals; they know that people are so mad at them that come election 2000, they are all going to be out in the street. I say good riddance.

-- Tracy D. Brower, Red Bluff, California, December 23

'The new American hero'

Larry Flynt, the new American hero -- his picture should be on Time, Newsweek and Hustler. Thanks, Larry, for putting this in perspective. I look forward to reading about all the so-called moral leaders and their dirty laundry. Mr. Livingston, what about your marriage vows? It all depends on your definition of "oath," I suppose. I look forward to more resignations from the soon-to-be-born-again right-wing hypocrites.

Give 'em hell, Larry!

-- S. Gonzales, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 23

'Appalling abuse of power'

Many members of the Judiciary Committee began with their conclusion: they had decided to impeach President Clinton before the hearings ever began -- perhaps before Mr. Starr released his report -- and all their subsequent actions and deliberations were determined by that prejudgment. The impeachment is an appalling abuse of power by the Republican majority.

-- M. E. Cowan, December 23

'Wrong to enjoy tearing someone apart'

As an American, I am very saddened to see what is happening in Washington. I agree that it is wrong to lie but it is also wrong to enjoy tearing someone apart the way it appears that the Republicans are doing. The vote would have had more impact on me if it had not been so partisan. I for one have no intention of voting for a Republican in the next election.

-- P. Thompson, Waukesha, Wisconsin, December 23


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Sen. Lott ready to seek bipartisan advice (12-23-98)


Thursday, December 24, 1998

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