This is Christopher Cannon’s statement on the law in the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.
Cannon, a Republican congressman from Utah, was one of the Impeachment Trial Managers appointed by the House of Representatives.
He spoke on the law of obstruction of justice.
Statement by Trial Manager Christopher Cannon.
WILLIAM REHNQUIST, CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT:
The chair recognizes Mr. Manager Cannon.
REP. CHRISTOPHER CANNON (R-UTAH), IMPEACHMENT TRIAL MANAGER: Mr. Chief Justice, senators, distinguished counsel for the president, my name is Chris Cannon.
I represent Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. John Locke once said, “Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.” And speaking to our American experience, Teddy Roosevelt added, “No man is above the law and no man is below it. Nor do we ask any man’s permission when we require him to obey the law. Obedience to the law is demanded by right, not as a favor.”