Monitor4 All the News of the World US comment on the impeachment of President Clinton

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THE IMPEACHMENT of President Clinton looms in the Senate like a mudslide blocking California's coastal Highway 1. Traffic won't move until it is removed. We want fast action by the Senate. And a fair trial for the President. And respect for the process, in a way that sets sound precedent. Perhaps this is akin to asking someone to walk and chew gum and juggle knives at the same time. It's not easy. But it's not impossible.

San Jose Mercury News

THE BEST option is to pass a bill stripping Clinton of his pension and his expense allowance after he leaves office. Leaving him to fend for himself, with only Secret Service protection provided by the taxpayers, would be a fitting punishment for the first president since Gerald Ford not to rate millionaire status. While Congress cannot fine Clinton, it can pass any law it wishes relative to his pension and expense allocation. A punishment of this magnitude would meet the demands of the public, and would even appease those members of the right who still retain their sanity. (Dick Morris)

The New York Post

NEXT TO President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott faces the greatest risk, once the upper chamber considers the articles of impeachment that the House of Representatives approved last month. The public does not appear hungry for a long, tedious trial. But history will still judge Mr Lott about how thoroughly the Senate conducts only the second impeachment trial of an American president.

Dallas Morning News

AS A matter of practical politics, the continuation of this impeachment business looks like a loser for all concerned. What began with the vulgar and tawdry and embarrassing has become one of the great political collisions of our history.

The problem is that, for generations, people are going to be looking back and assessing the actions of our public figures and politicians in the winter of 1998-99, asking whether they delivered on their solemn oath to "do impartial justice". If that gives pause, maybe it's because it ought to. (Tod Lindberg)

The Washington Times