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THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL
Jan. 15: Opening Business

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  • From the Congressional Record
    Friday, January 15, 1999


    PRAYER (Senate - January 15, 1999)

    The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

    Holy God, with awe and wonder we accept our responsibilities and our accountability to You. You are Sovereign of this land. When we commit our complexities to You, really seek Your guidance, You direct us. Make us attentive listeners, dedicated to the search for absolute truth. In the cacophony of voices, help us to hear Your voice.

    Dear Father, Your faithfulness never fails. You are consistent, reliable, and true. You expect nothing less from us for Your glory and for the good of America. To that end, fill this Chamber with Your presence and the minds of the Senators with Your gift of discernment. You are our Lord and Savior. Amen.

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. The Sergeant at Arms will make the proclamation.

    The Sergeant at Arms, James W. Ziglar, made proclamation as follows:

    Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! All persons are commanded to keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the Senate of the United States is sitting for the trial of the articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives against William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States.

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. The majority leader is recognized.

    Mr. LOTT. Mr. Chief Justice, there have been a number of inquiries from Senators and others about some clarification with regard to the approximate times or the times we would be meeting on Saturday and Tuesday, and also how the afternoon will proceed, so I will make some unanimous consent requests to clarify that and give you a brief rundown on what I think the schedule will be this afternoon.

    ORDERS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1999 AND TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1999

    Mr. Chief Justice, as in legislative session, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today it stand in adjournment until 10 a.m., on Saturday, January 16. I further ask that when the Senate reconvenes on Saturday, immediately following the prayer, the Senate resume consideration of the articles of impeachment.

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    Mr. LOTT. I further ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business on Saturday, it then adjourn over until Tuesday, January 19, at 9:30 a.m. I ask unanimous consent that on Tuesday, immediately following the prayer, the Journal of proceedings be approved to date, the morning hour be deemed to have expired, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use. I further ask consent that there then be a period for morning business until the hour of 11:30 a.m., with 60 minutes under the control of the majority leader or his designee, and 60 minutes under the control of the minority leader or his designee.

       


    I ask unanimous consent that on Tuesday the Senate recess then from the hours of 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the weekly policy conferences. And I further ask consent that at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, the Senate resume consideration of the articles of impeachment.

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    Mr. LOTT. Mr. Chief Justice, I ask unanimous consent that on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the presentation during the Court of Impeachment, the Senate recess until the hour of 8:35 p.m., on Tuesday evening. And I ask consent that upon reconvening Tuesday evening the Senate proceed to the Hall of the House of Representatives in order to hear an address by the President regarding the State of the Union.

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    ORDER OF PROCEDURE

    Mr. LOTT. For the information of all my colleagues, then, I understand today's presentation is expected to continue until approximately 6 p.m., and there will be periodic breaks during the day to allow all Members to stand and stretch. I want to remind Senators to promptly return to their desks at the expiration of those 15-minute breaks in order that we can continue and complete at the earliest possible hour. I thank

    all Members for their cooperation.

    This afternoon we will hear from Congressman McCollum, take a 15-minute break, then hear from Congressmen Gekas, Chabot, and Cannon, and then take a break, and then Congressman Barr would complete the afternoon's presentations.

    Mr. Chief Justice, I yield the floor.

    THE JOURNAL

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. If there is no objection, the Journal of proceedings of the trial are approved to date.

    Pursuant to the provisions of Senate Resolution 16, the managers for the House of Representatives have 18 hours 56 minutes remaining to make the presentation of their case. The Senate will now hear you.

    The Presiding Officer recognizes Mr. Manager McCollum to resume the presentation of the case for the House of Representatives.

       


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