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Byline: Elton Gallegly, R-Oxnard

FIRST, I would like to start by complimenting you on your efforts to make this process as open, fair and bipartisan as humanly possible, Mr. Chairman, we sincerely appreciate that.

In my 12 years in Congress, this is certainly the most serious issue I have ever had to deal with. Both Democrats and Republicans must recognize the gravity of the constitutional responsibility that lies before us. How we comport ourselves, and how we resolve the question of whether or not to impeach the president, will have implications for our political system and for our nation for many generations to come.

As we investigate these serious charges, I would appeal to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle not to be dilatory or partisan. We should do our best to be evenhanded, and we should not let this issue drag on for one day more than is absolutely necessary.

Lastly, I would appeal to all my colleagues to concentrate on the facts. So far, this whole matter has been a contest of spin, spin, spin and more spin. We should get back to the hard work of analyzing the evidence for the purpose of reaching a just result.

If at the end of inquiry, the facts do not support the charges, the president should be fully exonerated. On the other hand, if the facts support the allegations, we have a duty to move forward. However, either conclusion, for or against impeachment, must be grounded on the facts and on the truth.

For this reason, to arrive at a fair conclusion based on the evidence, I urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.
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Date:Oct 6, 1998
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