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Starr: 11 Grounds for Impeachment

September 11, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress there are 11 grounds for impeaching President Clinton, including perjury and obstruction of justice, by concealing his affair with Monica Lewinsky. In a dramatic report to Congress released today, Starr said Clinton took actions ``inconsistent with the president’s constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.″

The report, made public by a House vote, specifically accused Clinton of obstruction of justice, witness tampering, abuse of his presidential powers and perjury _ both in his grand jury appearance last month and in his sworn deposition last January in the Paula Jones lawsuit.

The evidence ``may constitute grounds for an impeachment,″ the report declared.

The White House countered even before the report was released, sending a rebuttal to Congress that declared Starr’s document represented prosecutors’ conclusions only and that Clinton’s conduct did not warrant impeachment. It denied each charge the prosecutors were expected to lodge against the president.

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