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Jan. 20: Opening Business

  • More Transcripts From the Trial

  • From the Congressional Record
    Wednesday, January 20, 1999

    The CHIEF JUSTICE. The Senate will convene as a Court of Impeachment. The Senators may be seated, and the Deputy Sergeant at Arms will make the proclamation.

    The Deputy Sergeant at Arms, Loretta Symms, 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 counsel presentation today will last until sometime between 5 and 6 o'clock.

    I have been informed that Mr. Greg Craig and Ms. Cheryl Mills will be making today's presentations. As we have done over the past week, we will take a couple of short breaks during the proceedings. I am not exactly sure how we will do that. We will keep an eye on everybody, the Chief Justice, and counsel. I assume that after about an hour, hour and 15 minutes, we will take a break; then we will take another one in the afternoon at some point so we will have an opportunity to stretch.

    I remind all Senators, again, to remain standing at your desks each time the Chief Justice enters and departs the Chamber.

    As a further reminder, on a different subject, the leader lecture series continues tonight, to be held at 6 p.m. in the Old Senate Chamber. Former President George Bush will be our guest speaker.

    I yield the floor, and I understand that Counsel Greg Craig is going to be the first presenter.


    The CHIEF JUSTICE. The Journal of the proceedings of the trial are approved to date.

    Pursuant to the provisions of Senate Resolution 16, counsel for the President have 21 hours 45 minutes remaining to make the presentation of their case. The Senate will now hear you.

    The Chair recognizes Mr. Counsel Craig.


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