Friday, February 5, 1999 Published at 02:55 GMT
Monica off the hook
Monica Lewinsky has given sworn evidence 23 times
Monica Lewinsky will not have to give live evidence in President Clinton's impeachment trial, US senators have decided.
A motion by the Democrats to move to final arguments and vote on the articles of impeachment was then defeated by 56 to 44 - a vote almost entirely along party lines.
Prosecutors had asked to question and cross-examine Ms Lewinsky for up to eight hours as if she were a hostile witness.
After voting not to call Ms Lewinsky, senators then voted to allow prosecution and defence lawyers to use the videotaped depositions in final arguments but not to allow White House lawyers prior knowledge of the clips being used by the prosecution.
During the day's proceedings a member of the public sitting in the public gallery was arrested by Capitol police after standing up and shouting: "God almighty, take the vote and get it over with."
Both sides presented their cases for and against calling live witnesses and whether or not to admit previously recorded depositions into the body of evidence against the president.
"Her testimony is clearly tinted and some might even say tainted by a mixture of her continued admiration for the president, her desire to protect him, and her own personal views of right and wrong," he said.
But White House lawyer Gregory Craig dismissed the claims by the House managers, that live testimony witnesses would either "validate" or add to existing testimony.
Meanwhile, there appears to be a growing move to get the trial over with quickly, ideally by next Friday, and discussions continued about possible ways of reprimanding the President.
But that idea is fading fast in the face of fierce opposition from Democrats who prefer a vote of censure instead.
One Republican Senator said the finding of fact motion was "in desperate need of life support" whilst the Senate Republican leader, Trent Lott, has referred it in the past tense.