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Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Ernest Hollings

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 Ernest (‘Fritz’) Hollings was a Democratic senator from South Carolina. He served from 1966 until 2005.

Statement by Senator Ernest Hollings (Democrat – South Carolina)

Mr. Chief Justice, I shall vote with a clear conscience not to convict; rather, to acquit. And I have no better authority, of course, than my own Congressman, the manager, Lindsey Graham, when asked–and I will never forget it–by the Senators from North Carolina and Wisconsin: ‘Under the law and the facts as then submitted at the end of the presentation, could reasonable people find differently with respect to guilt?’ and Congressman Graham said, ‘Why, of course,’ that reasonable people could differ. And when the manager says there is reasonable doubt, that ends the case. [Read more…]