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Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Jay Rockefeller

The 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.

Senator Jay Rockefeller was a Democratic senator from West Virginia. He served from 1985 until 2015.

Statement by Senator Jay Rockefeller (Democrat – West Virginia)

Mr. Chief Justice, I rise today to announce, or simply declare, that I will vote not guilty on both articles of impeachment and to urge my colleagues to spare the country the injustice of removing a President who has been twice elected to his office by the American people, and whom they continue to trust to lead them. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Robert Byrd

The 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.

Senator Robert Byrd was a Democratic senator from West Virginia. He served from 1959 until his death in 2010. At that time, he was the longest-serving senator in the history of the Congress.

Statement by Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat – West Virginia)

Mr. Chief Justice:

I think my country sinks beneath the yoke,

It weeps, it bleeds,

And each new day,

a gash is added to her wounds.

I am the only remaining Member of Congress who was here in 1954 when we added the words ‘under God’ to the Pledge of Allegiance. That was on June 7, 1954. One year from that day we added the words ‘In God We Trust’ to the currency and coin of this country. Those words were already on some of the coins. But I shall always be proud to have voted to add those words, ‘under God’ and ‘In God We Trust.’ They mean much to us today as we meet here. [Read more…]