Tuesday, October 25, 2005
"I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment . . . that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. So they go to something that trips someone up because they said something in the first grand jury and then maybe they found new information or they forgot something and they tried to correct that in a second grand jury.
"I think we should be very careful here, especially as we are dealing with something very public and people's lives in the public arena."
-- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) discussing the Fitzgerald leak investigation on NBC's "Meet the Press," Oct. 23, 2005.
"I do think . . . that something needs to be said that is a clear message that our rule of law is intact and the standards for perjury and obstruction of justice are not gray. And I think it is most important that we make that statement and that it be on the record for history.
"I very much worry that with the evidence that we have seen that grand juries across America are going to start asking questions about what is obstruction of justice, what is perjury. And I don't want there to be any lessening of the standard. Because our system of criminal justice depends on people telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."
-- Hutchison discussing President Bill Clinton's impeachment at a news conference, Feb. 5, 1999.