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Clinton: Nichols Verdict Comforting

December 24, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton said the guilty verdicts against Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh ``should offer a measure of comfort″ to victims of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing.

``I know that no verdict in a court of law can ease the loss of a loved one. But the successful prosecution of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols should offer a measure of comfort that all Americans stand with the families of Oklahoma City,″ Clinton said Tuesday in a statement released minutes after the verdicts were announced in Denver.

He recalled telling the families of those killed in the 1995 bombing that America would ``stand by them for as long as it took.″

``The dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators who brought these cases to a successful conclusion have helped to fulfill that promise. The nation is deeply in their debt,″ he said.

Attorney General Janet Reno recalled that she and FBI Director Louis Freeh had promised after the bombing ``to follow every lead and bring those responsible to justice.″

``Today, that promise has been kept,″ she said from Miami. ``The jury has declared Terry Nichols responsible for this crime.″

Reno praised the ``prosecutors, agents and state and local officials who worked so hard on this case″ and said, ``Most importantly, the thoughts and prayers of every American tonight should be with the victims, the survivors and their families.

``They have stood steadfastly with us for more than two years. No verdict can bring a loved one back, but today we have taken an important step forward in the process of healing.″

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