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Transcript: Questioning of second panel by Chairman Hyde
House Judiciary Committee hearing, December 8, 1998
COBLE: I will indeed.
HYDE: Thank you.
Father Drinan, you made the statement that one flaw with this process is that the White House, the president, hasn't had an opportunity to cross examine his accusers. Is that correct? Is that your position?
DRINAN: I object to the use of a grand jury testimony in toto. I don't think that's what the Constitution intended. The Constitution gives the sole power of impeachment to the House.
HYDE: Well, let's get back to my question. Do you object to the fact that the president's lawyers haven't had a chance to cross examine witnesses, their accusers? Is that an objection of yours? Yes or no?
DRINAN: We gave that to Mr. St. Clair in 1974 and I think that should be basic fairness.
(UNKNOWN): Mr. Chairman, is the lighting system working down there? Or are we operating without?
HYDE: Thank you for reminding me of that. I appreciate it that.
HYDE: I am going to try a third time. Is it a complaint of yours that the president has not had an opportunity to cross examine his accusers? Is that one of your complaints?
DRINAN: I think the people have that right. The people of this country have a right, as well as the accused.
HYDE: OK. I'll take that as a yes.
What witnesses would the president like to cross examine and why haven't the Democrats invited them to be here and testify?
DRINAN: I can't answer that, Mr. Chairman.
HYDE: I didn't think so.
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