Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), after meeting with Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Supreme Court Chief Justice William Renquist, announced today that the Senate trial of President Clinton will begin Thursday, January 7, 1999, JUST TWO DAYS FROM NOW!
Lott and Daschle, who have been conferring together since mid-December, are pushing for a hasty, two-week-long, substance-less trial, with no presentation of evidence or calling of witnesses.
The GOP members of the House of Representatives redeemed themselves by voting to do what is right despite polls, media harassment and White House blackmail. Some did so at the cost of their reputations and certain loss when they next face the voters. Some of those men and women are true heroes. We owe them our prayers and gratitude. The prayers of God's people, too, made a difference.
But what has possessed Senator Trent Lott? Has his weakness for compromise under pressure prevailed against his oath to uphold the Constitution? Has he really been "one of them" all along? Or is he being subjected to the Clinton "scorched earth" policy? Lott reportedly made two secret trips to the White House to negotiate terms of the trial. Is he being blackmailed with information from his past as were Rep. Henry Hyde, Rep. Dan Burton, resigned House Speaker-elect Rep. Bill Livingston and others?
God's people must understand that what is happening in Washington right now is the intrigue and dark work of "principalitiesÖpowersÖrulers of the darkness of this worldÖspiritual wickedness in high places" (see Eph 6:12). Only God's people have access to the spiritual weapons that can bind their activity. We must wrestle intensely during the coming days and weeks, especially the next several days. Personal immorality and/or blind partisan loyalty have compromised many of our leaders. Only the prayers of God's people and the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon their consciences will give them the will and courage to do what is right. What is intended by some to be a sham could turn into a real trial during which justice is accomplished.
Heavenly Father, You are the ALL POWERFUL, SOVEREIGN GOD! Muster your army of praying Christians. Cause them to pray with GOD-GIVEN FAITH and to seek YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS in the upcoming impeachment trial. Lord CHANGE Trent Lott into another man. Cause the fear of God to come upon him and also to burn in the heart of every Senator. Oversee this trial by Your Immediate Presence. Give WISDOM to those who honor You. ANOINT Henry Hyde and the House managers who will prosecute the case. CONFUSE those who lie shamelessly and EXPOSE every lie. Lord, compel the Senate to allow witnesses and evidence to be presented. Let GODLY JUSTICE be accomplished. In Jesus' Name, Amen! (Josh 5:13-15; 1 Sam 10:6, 2 Sam 23:3; 10-12; Neh 5:14-15; Ps 7:9-17; 36:1-4; Pr 17:15; 19:28-29; Is 40:10-41:4; Eph 5:11-14; Heb 11:33-34)