Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Herb Kohl

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 Herb Kohl was a Democratic senator from Wisconsin. He served from 1989 until 2013.

Statement by Senator Herb Kohl (Democrat – Wisconsin)

Mr. Chief Justice, throughout this process my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have conducted themselves with decency and dignity, exactly the qualities President Clinton’s conduct lacked. But we risk opening the floodgates to more party-line impeachments if we oust a President from office for behavior that–while truly deplorable–isn’t truly removable. Lowering the standard would do as great a disservice to the Constitution as the President’s behavior has done to the Oval Office. So I am voting to acquit on both articles. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Russell Feingold

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 Russell Feingold was a Democratic senator from Wisconsin. He served from 1993 until 2011.

Statement by Senator Russell Feingold (Democrat – Wisconsin)

Mr. Chief Justice, my colleagues, like many others, the day the President wagged his finger at the American people and indicated he had not been involved with Ms. Lewinsky, I had the sense that he wasn’t telling the truth and I felt some genuine regret. The President and I began here in Washington in the same month, in 1993. I had high hopes and actually felt very close to what he was trying to accomplish. So all along in this process, I have had to fight an urge to personalize that regret in a way that would affect my ability to do my job in this impeachment trial. And I will tell you that taking that separate oath helped me get into the mindset necessary to do that task. [Read more…]