Saturday, January 16, 1999 Published at 14:24 GMT
Prosecution plea: 'Do the right thing'
Rep Steve Buyer launched prosecution attack on Mr Clinton
Republicans wrapped up their arguments against President Bill Clinton with a passionate appeal to senators' patriotic duty to protect the rule of law and safeguard the "covenant of trust" between the president and the country.
"These are not trivial matters, these are not partisan matters. These are matters of justice," he intoned. "It is not a question of who we hate. It's a question of what we love.
"And among the things we love is a rule of law, equal justice before the law and honour in our public life."
Tough choice is the right choice
Speaking without notes, Rep Lindsey Graham, a former trial lawyer, pleaded with senators to convict Bill Clinton even though it means removing a popular president from office.
"This is a hard question. I'm not going to tell you that it's not," he said, pacing back and forth in front of the podium. "No matter what you do Americans will get up and go to work the next day and they will be OK."
Just like anyone else
Rep Buyer explained at length how military officers lose their jobs and private citizens lose their freedom for similar crimes.
Some 182 Americans were convicted of perjury and 144 convicted of obstruction of justice in 1997, Rep Buyer said.
On Tuesday, as President Clinton puts the final touches on his annual State of the Union address, White House lawyers will begin their 24 hours of arguments in the president's defence.
Divided over witnesses
The question of calling witnesses has polarised the Senate. Democrats maintain that the weight of evidence passed on by the House is enough to allow them to make a decision.
Republicans have kept up steady pressure.
On Friday, Representative Bill McCollum of Florida requested that the president himself should testify.
The White House has rejected any idea of Mr Clinton attending the trial, saying that he has already testified about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Battling against national boredom
Despite the historic nature of the trial, prosecutors face an uphill battle trying to sustain the interest of the American public who appear to have switched off.
Major television networks that carried the start of Thursday's session did not continue on Friday.
A new ABC News poll showed that only 33% of the public believed Mr Clinton should be removed from office if he lied about the affair under oath, compared to 55% who held that position shortly after the scandal first broke one year ago.
Mr Clinton is charged with committing perjury and obstructing justice over his affair with former White House aide Monica Lewinsky.
A two-thirds vote in the Senate is needed to remove Mr Clinton, but this is something few believe will happen. It is America's first presidential impeachment trial since 1868.