Wednesday, January 27, 1999 Published at 23:37 GMT
Vote to call witnesses
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The US Senate has refused to dismiss impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton, voting instead to call witnesses to testify at his trial.
Before voting on witnesses, the senators decided by the same margin against a Democrat motion to dismiss the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice
Though the Democrats lost, they pointed out that the votes showed the two-thirds majority of 67 votes needed to remove President Clinton from office is not there.
"For the good of the country and keeping with the constitution, it is now time to end this trial. It is time to move on," Mr Daschle said.
The Republicans have come up with a new proposal which they say could complete the hearing by the end of next week.
Testimony would be videotaped during a series of private interviews in the presence of one senator from each party. Witnesses would be questioned only on matters of factual dispute.
A decision on whether to cross-question witnesses would be subject to a separate vote next week after senators had reviewed their evidence.
The Senate is due to reconvene at 1300 local time (1800 GMT) on Thursday.
"Then everybody will have a chance to read it and decide what to do," Mr Lott said.
Mr Daschle said earlier he was "optimistic" that a compromise on the proceedings could be reached.
On Tuesday, the Republican prosecutors cut down the witness list to three:
The prosecutors also wanted President Clinton to give evidence, but the White House is likely to resist this.
The prosecutors trimmed the list of possible witnesses down from a possible 15, at the request of Republican senators who feared for the political consequences of lengthening a trial which is already very unpopular with the American public.
A poll on Tuesday indicated that two-thirds of Americans want the trial ended immediately.
Limiting the number of witnesses has helped the Republicans win back the support of some doubting senators, who feared that a prolonged trial would cost the party further public support.
Tough decision for White House
Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said the White House was concerned that Republicans were trying to "put a blindfold on us" with an accelerated plan to end the trial without defence witnesses.
"The country wants this over ... As we move forward here, the country will understand that this trial belongs to the Senate Republicans and the Republican House managers and that they alone are responsible for extending this process," Mr Lockhart said.
BBC Washington Correspondent Philippa Thomas says the president's team might consider calling witnesses - perhaps Linda Tripp or even Kenneth Starr - to support the argument that the investigation that led to Mr Clinton's impeachment was politically motivated.
But in doing so, the White House would run the same political risk as the Republicans in prolonging the trial.