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20, 1998 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Emily's List
Stephanie Cohen 202-326-1400
Ellen R. Malcolm, President, Regarding House Impeachment Vote
- December 20 - Following is a statement by Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILYís List, a
grassroots donor network which supports pro-choice Democratic women for Congress
and governor, regarding Saturdayís vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to
impeach President Clinton.
"Yesterday was a sad day for American democracy.
"President Clinton should not resign from his office. If he allowed a
partisan majority in Congress to force him from office, his resignation would
imperil our system of government. Americans re-elected President Clinton in 1996
and reaffirmed his leadership in the November elections. Polls consistently show
the American people want him to finish his term. The Republican efforts to force
President Clinton to resign would undermine a central principle of democracy
that requires that the majority elects the president.
"It appears to me that the Republican House leadership lost its
perspective and acted out of purely partisan rancor. It was, I think, an
irresponsible abuse of power to impeach the president while our troops were in
harms way near Iraq. It was irresponsible and unfair for Republicans to use
their House majority to block a vote on censure. Instead of unbiased
investigators, they acted as if they had finally caught their enemy and were
terrified that he would wriggle out of their grasp.
"I fervently hope the Senate will act in a more fair and judicious
EDITORíS NOTE: To speak with Ms. Malcolm or arrange an interview, please
contact Stephanie Cohen at 202/326-1400.
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