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Correspondence and Agreed Order in the Settlement of Clinton’s Case

This is the text of correspondence exchanged yesterday in which President Clinton reached a settlement with the independent counsel, Robert Ray.

These are the letters exchanged between David E. Kendall, a lawyer for President Clinton, and Robert W. Ray, the independent counsel, in which they agreed to a settlement. Also included is the order that the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Ark., issued yesterday, suspending for five years the president’s right to practice law in Arkansas. [Read more…]

Statement From Special Prosecutor Robert Ray On President Clinton

This is the text of a statement by Special Prosecutor Robert Ray.

The statement, on President Clinton’s last full day in office, acknowledges that Clinton has admitted giving evasive and misleading answers to questions in the Paula Jones deposition and has agreed to a five-year suspension of his law licence.

“The nation’s interests have been served and, therefore, I decline prosecution,” says Ray.

Text of statement by Robert Ray, the Special Prosecutor, made on President Clinton’s last full day in office.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Fifteen months ago, I promised the American people that I would complete this investigation promptly and responsibly. Today I fulfill that promise. [Read more…]

Clinton’s Law Licence Suspended For Five Years

As Bill Clinton prepares to leave the White House after eight years as President, his licence to practice law has been suspended for five years.

Text of statement released by President Bill Clinton.

Today, I signed a consent order in the lawsuit brought by the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct which brings to an end that proceeding.

I have accepted a five-year suspension of my law license, agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to cover counsel fees and acknowledged a violation of one of the Arkansas model rules of professional conduct because of testimony in my Paula Jones case deposition. The disbarment suit will now be dismissed. [Read more…]

Farewell Address: Clinton Prepares To Leave The White House

With hours remaining of his two terms as the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton has delivered a farewell address to the nation.

Farewell Address by President Bill Clinton.

ClintonMy fellow citizens, tonight is my last opportunity to speak to you from the Oval Office as your President. I am profoundly grateful to you for twice giving me the honor to serve — to work for you and with you to prepare our nation for the 21st century.

And I’m grateful to Vice President Gore, to my Cabinet Secretaries, and to all those who have served with me for the last eight years. [Read more…]

Presidential Election Results 1964-2000

The table shows US Presidential election results between 1964 and 2000.

Democrats won the elections of 1964 (Lyndon Johnson, 1976 (Jimmy Carter, 1992 and 1996 (Bill Clinton).

Republicans won the elections of 1968 and 1972 (Richard Nixon), 1980 and 1984 (Ronald Reagan), 1988 (George H.W. Bush) and 2000 (George W. Bush). [Read more…]

Democratic Party Convention Set To Begin In Los Angeles

The Democratic Party meets this week in Los Angeles to formally nominate Vice-President Al Gore as its candidate in this year’s presidential election.

DemocraticPresident Bill Clinton will address the convention on Monday night, as will his wife, Hillary, herself a candidate for a New York Senate seat. Clinton’s speech will be telecast immediately after the Titans-Rams football game and will be one of his last opportunities to promote his record in office. Clinton is expected to take credit for the state of the US economy – “My old daddy used to say: If you find a turtle on a fence post, chances are it didn’t get there by accident” – and lavish praise on Gore.

The speech will be followed by a symbolic “passing of the torch” ceremony on Tuesday, prior to Gore’s address to the convention on Thursday night. [Read more…]

Bush and Cheney Nominated As Republican Presidential Ticket

Texas Governor George W Bush and his running-mate Richard Cheney were today officially nominated by the 2066 delegates to the Republican Party Convention in Philadelphia as their candidates for the November 7 presidential election.

The convention erupted into wild applause as the 22 votes of the Wyoming delegation pushed Bush and Cheney over the line. [Read more…]

World Trade Talks Collapse; Australian Farmers Lose Out

Australian farmers have suffered a setback following the collapse of the World Trade Organisation negotiations over the weekend.

According to the Financial Review agricultural exports are worth $25 billion to the Australian economy. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics has predicted that a 36% reduction in all forms of global farm assistance would see Australian exports of rice grow by 54%, wheat 15%, meat 16% and sugar by 12%.

The collapse of the talks in Seattle, and the likely delay of another couple of years, most benefits French and Japanese farmers.

Queensland sugar growers, currently experiencing the lowest world prices in 30 years, will be hardest hit by further delays in global trade liberalisation.

What Is the World Trade Organisation?

The World Trade Organisation was established on 1st January 1995, arising out of the so-called Uruguay round of negotiations. It replaced the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and consists of 135 countries, has a staff of 500 and a budget of 122 million Swiss francs.

The WTO styles itself as “the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible”.

The WTO has a consensus-style one-country, one-vote structure and this appears to have been part of the problem in Seattle. Developing countries now comprise 3 in 4 of WTO members and are demanding a greater say than they have had in the past. This is partly because these poorer nations have what the richer nations need most: a market for their products.

All Politics Is Local

A report in today’s Financial Review, (“No trade-offs in a sleepless Seattle”, page 14) provides an interesting account of how the United States pulled the plug on the World Trade Organisation talks in Seattle.

It is even argued by some that the talks were deliberately sabotaged by President Clinton in an interview he gave to a newspaper on his way to Seattle. Clinton said he favoured the eventual imposition of punitive sanctions on countries that failed to meet core labour standards. The US Trade Representative, Charlene Barshefsky, is quoted as saying “my god, he’s blown it” when told of the comments.

Poorer countries see demands for labour and environmental safeguards as a ploy by richer nations to advance their own economic interests in the guise of freer trade.

Some see the Clinton remarks as part of an attempt to win the support of labour and environmental groups in the lead-up to the 2000 presidential and congressional elections.

At a broader level, the impact of local politics can be seen in the huge protests that took place outside the WTO conference last week. Furthermore, the recent New Zealand election can be seen as part of an electoral reaction against globalisation. The protestors, ironically, took advantage of the globalisation of communications by conducting a large part of their campaign via the Internet.

Clinton Announces The End Of The War In Kosovo

This is the full text of President Clinton’s Address to the Nation about the end of NATO bombing in Yugoslavia.

Text of President Bill Clinton’s Address to the Nation.

My fellow Americans, tonight, for the first time in 79 days, the skies over Yugoslavia are silent. The Serb army and police are withdrawing from Kosovo. The 1 million men, women and children driven from their land are preparing to return home. The demands of an outraged and united international community have been met.

I can report to the American people that we have achieved a victory for a safer world, for our democratic values, and for a stronger America. [Read more…]

Statement by President Clinton Following House Impeachment Vote

Following his impeachment by the US House of Representatives, President Bill Clinton made a public statement.

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Statement by President Bill Clinton, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Let me begin by expressing my profound and heartfelt thanks to Congressman Gephardt and the leadership and all the members of the Democratic caucus for what they did today.

I thank the few brave Republicans who withstood enormous pressures to stand with them for the plain meaning of the Constitution and for the proposition that we need to pull together, to move beyond partisanship, to get on with the business of our country. [Read more…]