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September 21, 2008

Clinton Impeachment Political Quotes

  • "it depends on what the meaning of the word ´is´ is. If the - if he - if ´is´ means is and never has been, that is not - that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement ... Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true."

    Bill Clinton, in Aug 17, Grand Jury Testimony

  • "It depends on how you define ´alone.´ There were a lot of times when we were alone, but I never really thought we were."

    Bill Clinton , in Aug 17, Grand Jury Testimony

  • "[I said] things that were true about this relationship. That I used - in the language I used, I said, there´s nothing going on between us. That was true. I said I did not have sex with her as I defined it. That was true ... I said things that were true."

    Bill Clinton , in Aug 17, Grand Jury Testimony

  • No, YOU LIED!!!

    Bill Clinton , in Aug 17, Grand Jury Testimony

  • "I am not going to answer your trick questions"

    Bill Clinton , in Aug 17, Grand Jury Testimony

    Wouldn't want to get tricked into telling the truth, would we

  • "I am trying to be honest with you, and it hurts me"

    Bill Clinton , in Aug 17, Grand Jury Testimony

  • "I want you to listen to me. I´m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time -- never. These allegations are false."

    President Clinton , January 26, 1998

  • "He didn't say he lied because he doesn't believe he lied" Anonymous "White House Loyalist" defending Clinton's latest apology, Quoted by MSNBC
  • "In fact there is no testimony or no proof that President Clinton knew he was wrong when he looked at that definition [of sex] and intentionally lied."

    Greg Craig , defending Clinton before the House Judiciary Committee, Quoted in the New York Post
    And DNA is not proof

  • "President Clinton is an Unusually good liar"

    Bob Kerry

  • "Can you name one President that has told more lies?"

    Joe Lockhart, White House Spokesman: "I don't think I´m going to take that question"
    White House PRess Conference.

  • "No Corruption is more evil than the corruption of government officials"

    Al Gore , announcing international conference Feb 24-26 to address "Corruption Issues." Mater of Ceremonies, Al Gore, as Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

  • "You have demonstrated at least in my adult lifetime a higher commitment to the kind of moral leadership that I value in public service and public policy than any person I have ever met"

    Steve Grossman , DNC National Chairman, Introducing Bill Clinton at a fundraiser
    Depends on your definition of "moral" and ´Leadership´

  • "The President look me in the eye and told me the same thing [that he never had sex with Monica Lewinsky] on several occasions. And I´m not upset. You want to know why? Because I never believed him in the first place."

    Sen Robert Torricelli (D, NJ) Quoted in Newsweek

  • "Yes, he did lie to me about sex. But you know what? I´m over it."

    James Carville , on CNN´s Cross-fire

  • "Did he lie about it? Sure. If I did something that stupid, I´d lie about it too."

    James Carville , On Clinton´s relationship with Monica Lewinsky

    The Stupidity and Lies Defense

  • "I mean, all of us knew he was a snake when we voted for him ..."

    Patricia Ireland , NOW President, Quoted in the Hotline

  • "They hope behind closed doors, she kicks his ass ..."

    Patricia Ireland , NOW President, on what women want from Hillary Clinton, Fox News Channel

Lauer: "If an American President had an adulterous liaison in the White House and lied to cover it up, should the American people ask for his resignation?"
Hillary Clinton: "Well, they should certainly be concerned about it."
Lauer: "Should they ask for his resignation?"
Hillary Clinton: "Well, I think that, if all that were proven true, I think that would be a very serious offense."
NBC´s Matt Lauer , interviewing Hillary Clinton, Jan. 27, 1998

  • "Perjury is "an impeachable offense." There is a "crisis of the regime. . .. You cannot have this kind of conduct as normal and acceptable and easily dismissed unless there is a great effort to do so."
    Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • "I have enormous doubts {about Mr. Clinton´s ability to lead} because of the recklessness of his behavior."
    Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry to the BBC
  • "Such behavior is not just inappropriate; it is immoral. And it is harmful."
    Senator Joseph Lieberman
  • "Underlying all the constitutional relationships we talk about is the necessity for standards of honesty, truth and integrity. Our own system of free government cannot operate if those standards are not honored."
    Then-Representative, now-Senator Paul Sarbanes, during the Nixon impeachment hearings
  • "To me it is clear that the President lied when he testified before the grand jury."
    Now-Senator Charles Schumer

From the text of the censure resolution offered by Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee:

"That it is the sense of Congress that - (1) on January 20, 1993, William Jefferson Clinton took the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States faithfully to execute the office of President; implicit in that oath is the obligation that the President set an example of high moral standards and conduct himself in a manner that fosters respect for the truth; and William Jefferson Clinton, has egregiously failed in this obligation, and through his actions has violated the trust of the American people, lessened their esteem for the office of President, and dishonored the office which they have entrusted to him; (2)(A) William Jefferson Clinton made false statements concerning his reprehensible conduct with a subordinate; (B) William Jefferson Clinton wrongly took steps to delay discovery of the truth . . ."

Last Updated : September 21, 2008