TRIAL OF WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
(Senate - January 07, 1999)

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[Pages S41-S42]
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   TRIAL OF WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

  The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Under the previous order, the hour of 1 
p.m. having arrived, and a quorum having been established, the Senate 
will proceed to the consideration of the articles of impeachment 
against William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States.
  Mr. LOTT. Mr. President, at this time, pursuant to rule IV of the 
Senate Rules on Impeachment and the United States Constitution, the 
Presiding Officer will now administer the oath to William H. Rehnquist, 
Chief Justice of the United States.
  The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Under the previous order, the escort 
committee will now conduct the Chief Justice of the United States to 
the dais to be administered the oath.
  (Senators rising.)
  The Chief Justice was thereupon escorted into the Chamber by Senators 
Stevens, Byrd, Hatch, Leahy, Snowe, and Mikulski.
  The PRESIDENT pro tempore. We are pleased to welcome you.
  The CHIEF JUSTICE. Senators, I attend the Senate in conformity with 
your notice, for the purpose of joining with you for the trial of the 
President of the United States, and I am now ready to take the oath.
  The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Will you place your left hand on the 
Bible, and raise your right hand.
  Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of 
the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United 
States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the 
Constitution and laws, so help you God?
  The CHIEF JUSTICE. I do.
  At this time I will administer the oath to all Senators in the 
Chamber in conformance with Article I, section 3, clause 6, of the 
Constitution and the Senate's impeachment rules.
  Will all Senators now stand and raise your right hand.
  Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of 
the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United 
States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the 
Constitution and laws, so help you God?
  SENATORS. I do.
  The CHIEF JUSTICE. The clerk will call the names and record the 
responses.
  The legislative clerk called the roll, and the Senators present 
answered ``I do'' and signed the Official Oath Book.
  The CHIEF JUSTICE. The Sergeant at Arms will make the proclamation.
  The Sergeant at Arms, James W. Ziglar, made proclamation as follows:

       Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! All persons are commanded to 
     keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the House of 
     Representatives is exhibiting to the Senate of the United 
     States articles of impeachment against William Jefferson 
     Clinton, President of the United States.

  The CHIEF JUSTICE. The majority leader is now recognized.
  Mr. LOTT. Mr. Chief Justice, any Senator who was not in the Senate 
Chamber at the time the oath was administered to the other Senators 
will make the fact known to the Chair so that the oath may be 
administered as soon as possible to the Senator. The secretary will 
note the names of the Senators who have been sworn and will assure that 
they have signed the book, which will be the Senate's permanent record 
of the administration of the oath. I ask for the cooperation of all

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Senators present to please make sure that you sign the oath book today.


                RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR

  Mr. LOTT. Mr. Chief Justice, if there is no objection, I ask that the 
Senate trial now stand in recess subject to the call of the Chair.
  The CHIEF JUSTICE. Is there objection?
  Hearing none, it is so ordered.
  Thereupon, at 1:42 p.m., the Senate, sitting as a Court of 
Impeachment, recessed subject to the call of the Chair.

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