Robert Byrd, the 81-year-old Democrat, who had earlier sponsored an unsuccessful motion to have the charges against President Clinton dismissed, said yesterday that having seen the recorded testimony of the three witnesses he was now convinced the President was guilty of the "high crimes and misdemeanours" that would precipitate his removal. He suggested, nonetheless, that he would join Democratic colleagues in voting to acquit the President.
Meanwhile, Senators and Representatives called for a Justice Department investigation into whether Sidney Blumenthal lied to Congress when he denied involvement in alleged White House attempts to discredit Ms Lewinsky.
In a sworn affidavit provided to House prosecutors, however, Christopher Hitchens a Washington-based British journalist said that Mr Blumenthal had described Ms Lewinsky several times as a "stalker" and Mr Clinton as the "victim" of a predatory and unstable young woman.
Ms Lewinsky, meanwhile, was attracting mainly positive reviews for her performance. She was described yesterday as solid and serious, but also as well versed in lawyerly evasion as the President she was enamoured of.
This had no effect on the public assessment of the President. A majority is convinced that he is guilty as charged and that he should not be removed from office, and that contradiction remains.