Friday, December 18, 1998 Published at 18:26 GMT
Impeachment debate: Key quotes
Highlights from some of the speakers in the historic impeachment debate in the US House of Representatives:
Henry Hyde, Judiciary Committee Chairman
"It's your country. The president is our flag-bearer. He stands out in front of our people, and the flag is falling. Catch the falling flag as we keep our appointment with history."
"I warn my colleagues that you will reap the bitter harvest
of the unfair partisan seeds that you sow today. Monica
Lewinsky is not Watergate. Let he who has no sin in this
chamber cast the first vote."
"The politics of smear, and slash and burn must end"
"The majority may well have blood on its hands by starting
this proceeding today. We certainly could have waited until
Monday to pursue this proceeding, giving our military time to
pursue its mission."
"No man or woman ... can be above the rule of law in a democracy"
"All I'm asking for is that we get to vote our conscience"
"The Republican leadership in this House is so angry, so
obsessed, so self-righteous that they were refusing us a true
vote of conscience. This is wrong, it is unfair, it is unjust.
At a time when events in the world and the challenges at home
demand that we stand united, censure is the one solution that
can bring us together. To my colleagues across the aisle I say
let go of your obsession. Listen to the American people. Stop
hijacking the constitution now while our troops are in
"We felt that the quicker we could go ahead the
more we could show the world our democracy works"