September 10, 1998

I hope this will be a time of reconciliation and healing, and I hope that millions of families all over America are in a way growing stronger because of this." -- President Clinton.

"The office of independent counsel submitted a referral . . . containing substantial and credible information that may constitute grounds for the impeachment of the president of the United States."

-- Charles Bakaly, spokesman for the Office of Independent Counsel.

"We do know this, there is no basis for impeachment."

-- David Kendall, the president's attorney.

"He wants to carry on with the business of the country but he clearly understands, I think, the deep pain he has caused."

-- Rep. David Bonior, Michigan Democrat

"Nobody looks forward to this traumatic journey that we are about to enter on."

-- Rep. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

"There are very few things in life comparable to what our duty is under the Constitution (in such cases). We should do this with the deepest sense of patriotism."

Newt Gingrich, House speaker

"It is my suggestion that everyone should exercise some self-restraint against calling for impeachment or censure or for the president's resignation."

-- Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va.

"So I ask you for your understanding, for your forgiveness on this journey we're on."

-- President Clinton.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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