Sunday, October 23, 2005

Senator Hutchison on Meet the Press today

Crooks and Liars has Senator Hutchison trying a talking point: that indictments for lying to the Grand Jury in Traitorgate may not be fair if they are for a "perjury technicality".

In Senator Hutchison's statement on the Senate Trial of President Clinton (February 12, 1999), she said:

"Lying is a moral wrong. Perjury is a lie told under oath that is legally wrong. To be illegal, the lie must be willfully told, must be believed to be untrue, and must relate to a material matter" ... "I will not compromise this simple but high moral principle in order to avoid serious consequences to a successor President who may choose to ignore it."

She also gave details of her votes and the reasoning behind them:

"(i) The President of the United States willfully, and with intent to deceive, gave false and misleading testimony under oath with respect to material matters that were pending before the Federal grand jury on August 17, 1998, as alleged in Article I presented to the Senate. I, therefore, vote 'Guilty' on Article I of the Articles of Impeachment of the President in this Proceeding.

"(ii) The President of the United States engaged in a pattern of conduct, performed acts of willful deception, and told and disseminated massive falsehoods, including lies told directly to the American people, that were designed and corruptly calculated to impede, obstruct, and prevent the plaintiff in the Arkansas Federal sexual harassment case from seeking and obtaining justice in the Federal court system of the United States, and to further prevent the Federal grand jury from performing its functions and responsibilities under law, I, therefore, vote 'Guilty' on Article II of the Articles of Impeachment of the President in this proceeding."

That was the outcome of the Whitewater Investigation. A land deal, and a blowjob: set that against a $200bn war with well over 2000 dead Coalition forces and tens of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians, and crippling the CIA's ability to collect information about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

(also posted at TalkLeft)

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