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Clinton: 'A Time of Reconciliation'

The Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 1999

Text of President Clinton's response to his acquittal in the Senate on the articles of impeachment:

Now that the Senate has fulfilled its constitutional responsibility, bringing this process to a conclusion, I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and the American people.

I also am humbled and very grateful for the support and the prayers I have received from millions of Americans over this past year.

Now I ask all Americans, and I hope all Americans -- here in Washington and throughout our land -- will rededicate ourselves to the work of serving our nation and building our future together.

This can be and this must be a time of reconciliation and renewal for America.

Thank you very much.

Q: In your heart, sir, can you forgive and forget?

Clinton: I believe any person who asks for forgiveness has to be prepared to give it.

© Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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