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Clinton Impeachment Trial: White House Counsel Charles Ruff’s Opening Statement

This is the opening statement by Charles Ruff in the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Ruff was White House Counsel to the President.

Opening statement by Charles Ruff, White House Counsel.

WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL CHARLES RUFF: Mr. Chief Justice, members of the Senate, distinguished managers.

William Jefferson Clinton is not guilty of the charges that have been proffered against him. He did not commit perjury. He did not obstruct justice. He must not be removed from office.

Now, merely to say those words brings into sharp relief the fact that I and my colleagues are here today, in this great chamber defending the president of the United States. [Read more…]