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Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Ron Wyden

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 Ron Wyden is a Democratic senator from Oregon. He assumed office in 1996.

Statement by Senator Ron Wyden (Democrat – Oregon)

Mr. Chief Justice, our leaders, Senators Lott and Daschle, my colleagues, my friends.

I doubt that I will ever know what the President of the United States was up to when he lied to Betty Currie about the nature of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Did the President lie to Ms. Currie because he didn’t want her to know the truth about the affair? Did the President lie because he wanted her to defend him to the White House staff? Did the President lie because he wanted her to repeat those lies under oath? I doubt that I am ever going to get the real answer to those questions. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Gordon Smith

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 Gordon Smith was a Republican senator from Oregon. He served from 1997 until 2009.

Statement by Senator Gordon Smith (Republican – Oregon)

Mr. Chief Justice, colleagues, first let me thank the Chief Justice for the dignity he has lent to this trial. I have so appreciated the keenness of his intellect and the fairness of his spirit. [Read more…]