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Clinton Impeachment Trial: Senate Deliberations

These are the proceedings of the Senate for its deliberations in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

Senate proceedings of deliberations in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

Holy God, who allows beginnings and brings an end, a time for healing, a time to mend, we ask You to pour out Your palpable, unifying power on this Senate. Today, may the Senators count on You more than they count votes. This is a time neither for gloating over victory nor for grimness over losing, but rather a period for grief over all that has brought us to this day. We are one Nation under You; we repent as a Nation; we turn from conditional ethics and seek to return to the absolutes of Your Commandments. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: Senate Deliberations

These are the proceedings of the US Senate for its deliberations in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

Senate proceedings in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

Sovereign God, thank You for the good men and women of this Senate. Today we ask what should be done when really good people disagree. You have shown us so clearly what should and should not be done. When the fabric of our human relationships is being frayed, it is time to deepen our relationship with You. Draw each Senator into healing communion with You that will give physical strength and spiritual assurance of Your unqualified love for him or her. Then in the inner heart give Your peace and direction. Give each Senator the courage to speak truth as she or he hears it and knows it. When this trial is finished, may none feel the pangs of unspoken convictions. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: Senate Deliberations

The Senate began its deliberations in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton on February 9, 1999.

Senate Impeachment Trial Deliberations (1).

The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

Almighty God, we renew our trust in You when we realize how much You have entrusted to us. We are stunned by the psalmist’s reminder that You have crowned us with glory and honor and given us responsibility over the work of Your hands. We renew our dependence on You as we assume this breathtaking call to courageous leadership. [Read more…]


Chief Justice Rehnquist Convenes Senate Trial of President Clinton

This is the Senate transcript of the opening proceedings of the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

The trial was presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist.

Opening proceedings in the Senate trial of President Bill Clinton.

CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST: The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment. The chaplain will offer a prayer.

SENATE CHAPLAIN: Almighty God, whose providential care has never varied all through our nation’s history, we ask you for a special measure of wisdom for the women and men of this Senate as they act as jurors in this impeachment trial. You have been our nation’s refuge and strength in triumphs and troubles, prosperity and problems. [Read more…]


Henry Hyde’s Letter To Trent Lott Regarding Impeachment Trial

Following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton by the House of Representatives, Henry Hyde wrote to Senator Trent Lott regarding arrangements for the trial.

Hyde was Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Lott was the Republican Senate leader.

Text of Henry Hyde’s letter to Senator Trent Lott.

Dear Majority Leader Lott:

The press has recently reported a great deal of speculation about how the Senate may organize and conduct a Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton. The twelve other managers and I have discussed this matter at great length, and as the parties who must present and manage the case for conviction and removal on behalf of the House of Representatives, we fully agree with your remarks that “We (the Senate) need to go forward and do our constitutional duty to hear the evidence.” However, we have concerns with your proposal that the parties call no witnesses during the Senate’s consideration of the articles. We are also concerned with your proposal that you might foreclose any trial if the House position fails to get a two-thirds vote on a preliminary motion before the Senate has even had a full airing of the evidence. This proposal effectively grants one-third of the Senate the power to decide whether there will be any airing of the evidence. [Read more…]