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TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE - THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT

GOP Turncoats Sell Out The Constitution and Their Constituents
A blast from the past, because the more things change, the more they stay the same

Senator

State

Voted for Acquittal on:

Perjury Charge

Obstruction Charge

Slade Gorton

WA

X

 

Susan Collins

ME

X

X

Olympia Snowe

ME

X

X

John Chafee

RI

X

X

James Jeffords

VT

X

X

Richard Shelby

AL

X

 

Arlen Specter

PA

X

X

Ted Stevens

AK

X

 

Fred Thompson

TN

X

 

John Warner

VA

X

 

The 'incredible weight' lifts: How Jeffords Defied Rule of Law to Save a Friend

By late January, Jeffords was close to a decision.

Lisa Myers:

"Do you believe the president of the United States lied under oath?"

Jeffords:

"Yes, I don't think there's any question about that."

Myers:

"Do you believe he obstructed justice?"

Jeffords:

"I believe that that case is fairly substantial."

But Jeffords told us Clinton's lies essentially weren't big enough to warrant removing a twice-elected president from office. He also worried about the historical implications. And Jeffords was concerned about how his friend the president would behave once acquitted. So he told us something that he has never made public - he arranged a secret meeting with the president to tell him in person he felt let down. He emphasized he was not exonerating Mr. Clinton and did not want to see any White House victory party.

excerpt from MSNBC news © 1999

The end result of Jeffords' vote to acquit was a deluge of phone calls from angry constituents. I find it disturbing to note that Senator Jeffords felt that guilt was established but still voted to acquit - based on his friendship with Mr. Clinton and his own personal feelings. Anyone who's ever served on a jury knows that the vote to acquit or convict is based solely on rule of law. This indicates the insidious nature of representative government - this man, his turncoat cohorts, and the entire Democratic contingent in the Senate consider both Clinton and themselves above the law!

It is therefore extremely difficult, if not altogether impossible, to retain any vestige of faith in the representative form of government we now live under - they have become a power unto themselves, not representing the wishes of their constituents but acting independently of those who elected them to office.

Contrast this to instructions given to, and heeded by, the jury in the Brooklyn case which found 15 firearms manufacturers guilty of negligence for improper marketing practices:

One note said that 10 jurors had "decided to work together to reach a verdict," but the 11th "refused because he or she was concerned about opening the floodgates for other cases." Weinstein told the jury to return to deliberations after he instructed them not to consider the effects of the verdict beyond "the evidence heard here and the law as I gave it."

That Clinton will take this personally and invest an enormous amount of time and national resources to attack those who sought to uphold the Constitution and rid the nation of this menace to freedom is a foregone conclusion. As witnessed in the weeks leading up to the trial, Clinton's willingness (perhaps even eagerness) to subvert the Constitution by using illegally obtained FBI dossiers was evidenced by a rash of 'confessions' from Republican leaders - leaders who chose to come clean rather than become victims of this administration's quest for omnipotence.

Please don't forget these people when they stand for re-election. Lest we let the Democrats off the hook with the excuse that they voted along party lines instead of Constitutional lines, remember each and every one of them who voted to acquit in spite of the evidence and rule of law! It's time to take America back before it takes us over!


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