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House Arguments Fail To Sway Lee

January 16, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said curiosity, and the possibility of hearing new evidence, led her to attend the three days of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton.

But when it ended Saturday afternoon, the Texas Democrat, who opposes Clinton’s removal from office, said she didn’t hear anything unfamiliar.

``It was still a case on hearsay,″ said Jackson Lee, who sat alone every day in a row of seats set out for House members in a rear corner of the Senate chamber.

While saying the 13 House Judiciary Committee Republicans did an ``able job″ arguing the case against Clinton, Jackson Lee said they offered nothing else but ``the strong emphasis that the president perjured himself.″

Jackson Lee, who also is a member of the Judiciary Committee that voted articles of impeachment against the president, said she thought it was important to attend the trial since the process began in the House. She said she was in the Capitol on Jan. 7 when Chief Justice William Rehnquist swore in the 100 senators for the trial.

She also plans to continue the vigil next Tuesday, when Clinton attorneys open three days of arguments in defense of the president _ the same day of the annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

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