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Investigating The President

More Democrats in Congress think Clinton should resign

From CNN White House Correspondent John King

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, AllPolitics) -- Several Democratic sources told CNN Thursday that there is a deepening gloom among Democrats in Congress, and that lawmakers are privately telling top White House aides that the president should consider resigning.

Two House Democrats said the mood in their caucus was growing more despondent as lawmakers realized there is no short-term solution and that an impeachment inquiry is more and more likely.

The lawmakers and several Democratic House aides say most liberals from safe districts are willing to stand by the president, but that an increasing number of House Democrats believe Clinton will be unable to reestablish his leadership.

They are also fearful that the Lewinsky scandal is going to prove damaging to Democrats in the November elections.

Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate are telling anxious colleagues that it would be counterproductive to call publicly for the president's resignation.

But congressional and administration sources say aides at the White House are hearing more pessimism from congressional Democrats. However, none of those interviewed believes the president will consider resigning.


Thursday, September 17, 1998

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