I don't think Congress is in the business of censuring
Republicans who say they are not averse to censuring
the president are adamant about denouncing him as a probable lawbreaker.
A handful of moderate Republicans who voted to impeach President Clinton appealed to the Senate on Monday to consider censuring
the president instead of convicting him, as many lawmakers scrambled to find a way to avoid a lengthy, embarrassing Senate trial.
Committee Democrats spent half of Saturday pushing a harshly worded resolution censuring
Clinton as their preferred alternative to impeachment.
At the same time, the White House, top Democrats and a handful of Republicans intensified their push to let the full House vote next week on censuring
the president as an alternative to impeachment.
As staff lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee prepared three articles of impeachment against President Clinton, the White House said Friday it was ``aggressively listening'' to any member of Congress who wanted to talk about censuring
the president rather than impeaching him.
We call on them, Democrats and Republicans, to come together in a show of bipartisan high-mindedness and propose a harsh censuring
of the president that establishes a precedent and ends the destructive debate on impeachment.
Rather, a growing number of Democrats talked openly about censuring
Clinton as a compromise that would allow Congress to go on record against his actions but stop short of the divisive move of impeachment.