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Senate Conducting Deliberations in Secret
A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity (Pr 19:28).
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD (Pr 17:15).
It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity (Pr 21:15).
Posted February 10, 1999
The U.S. Senate, in its Constitutional role as judge and jury in the impeachment trial of President Clinton, has entered into secret deliberations, its members expected to emerge Friday, February 12, for a final vote on two articles of impeachment: perjury and obstruction of justice. Thirteen House Managers delivered impassioned closing arguments Monday, obviously wearied by the physical demands upon them, and also disheartened that Democrat and Republican Senators alike are prepared to disregard the Constitution and violate their sworn oaths, in numbers sufficient to acquit Clinton of both impeachment articles.
- In the closed session, each Senator will have 15 minutes to speak and will be able to place further statements into the Congressional Record.
- In a last minute surprise, witnesses came forward to testify that presidential aide Sidney Blumenthal had lied in his Senate deposition. But efforts to have them heard were rejected because of rules requiring unanimous consent. The entire trial has been fraught with irregularities: no live witnesses, prosecutors limited to three videotaped witness depositions, no cross-examinations, unusual time constraints, etc.
- Valiant and eloquent summaries were made by each of the 13 house managers. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), who likened the U.S. to the Roman Empire in its period of decline, declared, "If you agree that perjury and obstruction of justice have been committed and yet you vote down the conviction÷ you raise÷ serious questions of whether the president is, in fact, subject to the law or whether we are beginning a restoration of the divine right of kings."
- Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Robert Bennett (R-UT) have worked feverishly on "bipartisan" censure language. After the all-but-certain failure of the votes to convict and remove the president, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) plans to offer a motion to suspend the rules and call for an immediate censure vote. Lacking 67 votes (the number required to suspend the rules of the Senate) he will then defer the issue of censure until after the trial. Some Senators are beginning to see and feel the historic implications of this acquittal. Senate patriarch Robert Byrd (D-WV) said, "It will be very difficult to stand and say, 'not guilty,' very difficult.'"
- Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX), said, "Congress can remove the president for betraying the public trust, but÷has no other legitimate power over him÷ This covering-your-fanny approach [the Democrat censure plan] has Constitutional costs." Gramm has pledged to filibuster any censure proposal. It would take 60 votes to stop the filibuster.
- Former Supreme Court nominee, Judge Robert Bork, said, "Clinton will be exonerated÷ They may not even get a majority against him; some of those Republicans are so scared. He's going to claim a great victory for perjury and obstruction of justice. It's going to be very hard to take, but we have to take it÷ The presidency is going to look more imperial than ever."
- In a preview of things to come, the Justice Department has advised Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr that he and his office will be investigated for their handling of the Lewinsky inquiry and several other matters.
- Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), new chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Com-mittee, shocked his colleagues with a realistic video depicting election night 2000, with Dick Gephardt being cheered as the "speaker-elect" and Republicans giving interviews about their defeat. The video was accompanied by a pollster's report showing how badly the impeachment effort has harmed Republicans.
- Matt Drudge reports that Monica Lewinsky is secretly planning a worldwide book signing tour for her book, due out in March. Clinton's "scorched-earth" operative, James Carville (quoted by the New York Daily News as saying Kenneth Starr is "one more mistake away from not having any kneecaps÷") cautions that the end of the trial does not mean the end of the controversy. Carville says, "I've got some unfinished business÷ I'm not in the forgive-and-forget battalion."
Meanwhile, at a recent convocation some have called the "greatest gathering of prophets" in recent history, platform speakers included those who previously had predicted Clinton would become one of America's greatest presidents, "if Christians would pray." Now, they and others blame Clinton's present predicament -- and the judgments that are sure to come -- on the Church (for their critical attitudes toward Clinton). How can our congressmen understand justice if our preachers do not?
This week, one of the most important Senate votes in our lifetime will occur. The articles of impeachment require a straight up or down, guilty or not guilty, vote (something many senators have been trying to avoid). If Clinton is exonerated, as most predict, 1999 will go down in infamy with 1962 (prayer removed from schools), 1963 (Bible removed), 1973 (abortion legalized), 1992 (Clinton elected) and 1996 (Clinton re-elected) as demonic bellwether moments in our country's path to ruin. But God is still on His throne and anything could still happen. Even as skeptic Benjamin Franklin called the Continental Congress to prayer in 1789, and God thereafter enabled our Constitution and nation to be established, perhaps He may intervene again and preserve it and us a little longer.
Please Agree with us in Prayer:
Heavenly Father, HELP! Please preserve the JUSTICE & LIBERTY You graciously Granted our fathers! INTERVENE! May the FEAR OF GOD now come upon all our Senators. Give Republicans and Democrats COURAGE to do right! CRUSH the lawless censure effort! Deliver this People from our Moral Madness, especially your Church! (Dt 28:28; Ps 31:17-24; 136:1-26; Pr 25:25-27; 28:4; Is 1:16-18; Mic 3:1-12; 2 Tim 1:7; 1 Jn 3:4-8)
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