Carter: Impeachment Will Happen
Sep. 23, 1998
ATLANTA (AP) _ Former President Carter says he doesn't think President Clinton told the truth in grand jury testimony and expects the House to vote to impeach him.
But in his annual question-and-answer session with Emory University students, Carter also said he did not expect the Senate to remove Clinton from office.
Carter said he did not believe Clinton told the truth either in his deposition for the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit or during his testimony for the grand jury led by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
He said he has ``deplored and been deeply embarrassed about'' Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky.
``And I have also deplored and been embarrassed by the reaction to it, the overemphasis of it, the matter in which a very serious political and legal issue has been addressed,'' he said Tuesday.
Carter, 73, has been fielding questions at Emory for 16 years.
He said the Republican majority in Congress will produce a vote to impeach Clinton, like Carter a Democrat and Southerner. ``But it is also my prediction that the Senate will not marshal the two-thirds vote that will be required to remove the president.''
Carter said the presidency and the country will survive this ``embarrassing circumstance'' even if ``a lot of damage has been done.''
``Nothing fatal has been done,'' he said. ``Our nation is the finest democracy on Earth, and one of the finest aspects of it is that our problems are, in effect, self-healing, or self-correcting when a mistake is made.
``And even though (Clinton) will be damaged in his moral reputation and perhaps in his influence with Congress and maybe with the American people, our nation will survive.''