Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Impeachment Trial

Jan 24, 1999


Impeachment Trial


Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa issued the following comment regarding his vote this afternoon against the motion to open deliberations in the Senate impeachment trial. The motion was defeated by a vote of 57 to 43.

"On January 7th I took a special oath along with 99 other United States senators to ?do impartial justice.' In the spirit of that oath, I have worked to achieve an impeachment court that emulates the courtroom as much as possible. And that means leaving Republican and Democratic labels at the door of the Senate as we seek the truth and make sure the President gets a fair trial.

"I also supported modeling the impeachment process after the procedure used every day in courtrooms across the country, with the case argued in public, the jury deliberating in private and the verdict announced in public. I'm an outspoken advocate for letting the sun shine in on the legislative process. However, this is not a legislative situation. It is an impeachment trial. Considering the potential political grandstanding, I also think that turning the cameras on senators during deliberation would detract from a judicious process where we get to the truth and get the trial over with as quickly as possible."