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Following is the majority resolution debated yesterday by the House Rules Committee:
Providing for a deliberative review by the Committee on the Judiciary of a communication from an independent counsel, and for release thereof, and for other purposes.
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary shall review the communication received on September 9, 1998, from an independent counsel pursuant to section 595© of title 28, United States Code, transmitting a determination that substantial and credible information received by the independent counsel in carrying out his responsibilities under chapter 40 of title 28, United States Code, may constitute grounds for an impeachment of the President of the United States, and related matters, to determine whether sufficient grounds exist to recommend to the House that an impeachment inquiry be commenced. Until otherwise ordered by the House, the review by the Committee shall be governed by the resolution.
SEC. 2. The material transmitted to the House by the independent counsel shall be considered as referred to the Committee. The portion of such material consisting of approximately 445 pages comprising an introduction, a narrative, and a statement of grounds, shall be printed as a document of the House. The balance of such material shall be deemed to have been received in executive session, but shall be released from that status on September 28, 1998, except as otherwise determined by the Committee. Materials so released shall immediately be submitted for printing as a document of the House.
SEC. 3. Additional material compiled by the Committee during the review also shall be deemed to have been received in executive session unless it is received in an open session of the Committee.
SEC. 4. Nothwithstanding clause 2(e) of rule XI, access to executive-session material of the Committee relating to the review shall be restricted to members of the Committee, and to such employees of the Committee as may be designated by the chairman after consultation with the ranking minority member.
SEC. 5. Nothwithstanding clause 2(g) of rule XI, each meeting, hearing, or deposition of the Committee relating to the review shall be conducted in executive session unless otherwise determined by an affirmative vote of the committee, a majority being present. Such an executive session may be attended only by members of the Committee, and by such employees of the Committee as may be designated by the chairman after consultation with the ranking minority member.
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