AT THE moment, the authority for deciding Clinton's fate lies with the Senate. If it removes him, Starr will have an open field to prosecute. If the Senate chooses to leave the President in office, the legality of his conduct in the Monica Lewinsky scandal should be put aside until he has completed his term. If Starr has any sense of proportion, he will drop this idea.
IT HAS always been understood that Clinton could face criminal charges once no longer President. But that is a different matter from raising the threat of indictment before he leaves office, with all that could mean to the functioning of government and foreign relations. The leak was no doubt meant to remind everyone of the formidable power Starr possesses. It is proof of how unwisely that power can be used. LA Times
APART FROM the fact that many constitutional scholars say a sitting president can't be indicted, the answer should be obvious: pursuing a criminal case against an implausibly popular president who has survived an impeachment trial would be an intolerable arrogation of power - a gesture of contempt not just for Clinton but for the people's will and for the designated jurors in the Senate.