August 23, 2000 |
Al Gore may have given the speech of his life accepting his party's nomination last week. But he avoided mentioning the elephant in the room: the impeachment of President Clinton. Gore seems to be running away from this fact as fast as he can. He must think that it's nothing but a loser for him. But this is an issue he should exploit, albeit artfully and with tact. For a lesson in such implied criticism, Gore should study the Republicans. They have mastered the art of talking about impeachment - without talking about impeachment.
February 6, 1988 |
After an emotional debate that left several lawmakers in tears, the Arizona House of Representatives yesterday impeached a defiant Gov. Evan Mecham, forcing him out of office while he awaits a trial by the state Senate. The impeachment of Mecham, a conservative, outspoken Republican who has been under fire almost since the day he took office 13 months ago, marks only the 16th time in U.S. history and the first time in more than half a century that a governor has been impeached.
September 12, 1998 |
On the surface at least, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's detailed evidence against President Clinton - the secret and repeated sexual encounters with Monica Lewinsky, the deliberate lies and concealment - is politically and morally devastating. Yet, Starr's report to Congress contains no "smoking gun" of felonious conduct, tells only the prosecution's side of events, and leaves open the overriding issue of whether it justifies impeachment of the nation's elected chief executive.
January 10, 1999
THIS ISN'T JAYWALKING Nothing seems clearer to me than that the impeachment of President Clinton is a "profile in courage. " The Republican Party exhibits leadership in its purest form, bravery in taking, on principle, a stand that the public rejects, a stand for which the GOP has been assured it will be punished at the polls. On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats hide behind the craven idea that lying in a deposition, lying to a grand jury, and lying repeatedly to the American people is OK if it's all about sex. Well, it may not be treason, it may not be burglary, and it may not be a high crime, but jaywalking it ain't.
December 17, 1998 |
My entire career has been in the law, government and politics. All are being undermined by the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives. More important, the national interest is threatened. At the outset, Henry Hyde, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the impeachment process must be bipartisan if it was to have the confidence of the American people. He was right. Unfortunately, the hearings were more ferociously partisan than anything I have seen in nearly 25 years in Washington.
January 12, 1993 |
A Pittsburgh lawmaker, saying "somebody's gotta do something," has called for the impeachment of controversial state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen. "You just can't have the Supreme Court acting like this," said Rep. Christopher McNally, referring to Larsen's unprecedented accusation that two of his colleagues were "fix artists" who had committed crimes. McNally's move appeared to be unilateral and mostly symbolic, and received mixed reviews from court observers. "I have good reason to believe that Justice Larsen has intentionally made a false accusation that Justice (Stephen A.)
December 19, 1998 |
Rep. Jon D. Fox added his vote yesterday to the tide that appears likely to result in a decision today to impeach President Clinton. The lame-duck Republican from Montgomery County said he would lend his support to all four articles of impeachment. "The Constitution is not some abstract idea," Fox said of his last vote in the House. ". . . It cannot be ignored because we like and admire the President. " Fox, one of the last representatives to make his intentions public, delivered his announcement at a late-afternoon news conference here.
September 11, 1998 |
For all the talk about it, the impeachment process has neither an extensive history nor a clear set of guidelines. The Constitution states only that a president may be impeached for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," and sets out a few basic procedures. Impeachment is more of a political process than a legal one. These are the steps in the impeachment process, and the precedents for each: STEP 1: Kenneth Starr, under the 1978 Independent Counsel Act, sends a report to the House of Representatives that concludes the president may have committed impeachable offenses.
January 27, 1999 |
Have you noticed what people have started calling Bill Clinton now that he's in trouble? Not President Clinton. Not Bill Clinton. William Jefferson Clinton. Ah, the middle name. You know you've stepped in it when they use your middle name. It's as if he were still a little boy and his mama found out he'd painted his name on the side of the house. "William Jefferson Clinton!" she'd likely yell. "Get in here right now!" Today, with Clinton facing a crisis that could end his presidency, it's no wonder politicians and pundits are essentially doing the same thing.
December 21, 1998 |
The songs of the Christmas season and thoughts of goodwill mingled awkwardly yesterday with feelings of disgust and frustration at churches across Philadelphia as ministers and parishioners struggled to make sense of the presidential impeachment crisis in Washington. Some church members and leaders focused exclusively on the meaning of the holidays. But the looming trial that threatens to oust President Clinton from office found its way into other services and prayers, with at least one Baptist congregation organizing lobbying efforts to prevent further action against the chief executive.