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THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL
Jan. 19: Opening Business

  • More Transcripts From the Trial

  • From the Congressional Record
    Tuesday, January 19, 1999

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. The Senate will convene as a Court of Impeachment. 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, it is my understanding that the White House presentation today will last approximately 2&189; hours--maybe a little more, maybe a little less. I therefore suggest that a short recess be taken in approximately an hour, around 2 o'clock, to allow the Chief Justice and all Members to have a brief break.

    I remind all Senators to remain standing at their desk each time the Chief Justice enters or departs the Chamber. If there is a need for another break, I will keep an eye on the White House counsel to see if they need a break, and we will act accordingly.

    Of course, I remind Senators again, tonight please be in the Chamber at 8:35 so we can proceed to the joint session.

    I thank my colleagues and yield the floor. I believe we are ready to begin.

      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 counsel for the President have 24 hours to make the presentation of their case. The Senate will now hear you. The Chair recognizes Mr. Counsel Ruff to begin the presentation of the case for the President.

       


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