Rep. Charles T. Canady of Florida, a Republican Judiciary Committee member who will help present the impeachment case to the Senate, did not foresee a long process.
"I believe it's important for a trial to be handled as expeditiously as
possible. This is a relatively simple case," he said. "I would expect the
trial would not take an extraordinarily long time -- more days or weeks than
Before a trial is convened or a deal is cut, Clinton will come under
withering pressure to leave office voluntarily.
House Republicans before today's vote repeatedly exhorted colleagues to
vote for impeachment if they believed Clinton should stand trial, even if they
do not believe he should be removed from office.
"All you have to believe is that there is clear and convincing
evidence that one of the articles is true, and send it to the Senate for
trial," proclaimed Judiciary Committee Republican Bill McCollum of Florida.
But as Democrats predicted, Republican leaders have begun calling for
Clinton to step down and using Livingston's example to drive their point home.
"There is no greater American, at least today, than Bob Livingston," said
a tearful Tom DeLay, the House's third-ranking Republican, "because he
understood what this debate was about. It was about honor and decency and
integrity and the truth."
After the vote, the House Republicans who will prosecute the impeachment
charges once again exhorted Clinton to resign.
Two Democrats, Reps. William O. Lipinski of Illinois and Louise M.
Slaughter of New York, have publicly said the president should at least
But nearly all House Democrats emerged from an early morning meeting with
Hillary Rodham Clinton steeled to resist.
"He must not resign. He cannot resign," declared House Democratic leader
Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri.
Declared Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, one of the president's
early Democratic critics: "Wake up, America. Realize what's happening here.
This is about the basic right of the people to choose their government."
Clinton impeached, faces trial in Senate
Partisan vote in House passes obstruction of justice, perjury articles; GOP says outcome shows even president is not above the law
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