House of Representatives
Committee on the Judiciary
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
For immediate release
Contact: Sam Stratman/Michelle Morgan
December 4, 1998
HENRY HYDE RESPONDS TO
WHITE HOUSE ATTACKS ON JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made the following statement today in response to attacks by White House officials on the impeachment proceedings of the Judiciary Committee:
The White House press agents have dramatically stepped up their attacks on the House Judiciary Committee just as it prepares to begin deliberations on articles of impeachment. This is certainly unfortunate, but it sadly comes as no surprise. From the very beginning of the impeachment inquiry, those who would defend the President at all costs have preferred to attack the process rather than address the facts. I want to assure everyone that we will not be intimidated by rhetoric or name-calling, and we will complete our duty in accordance with the Constitution.
The Democrats are now describing our actions as "chaotic." This is amusing because "chaos" is the best word to describe the Democrats' responses to the discharge of our duties. How else could one describe statements that seem to flip back and forth 180 degrees on a minute-by-minute basis? Here are just some of the best examples of Democrat double-speak:
In sum, our inquiry is either too broad or too narrow, too slow or too fast, Judge Starr is either talking too little or too much. Now, that's my definition of chaos. One gets the impression from the Democrats that the left hand doesn't know what the far left hand is doing.
Once again, let me say that we are on target to finish this inquiry by the end of the year. We have stayed our course and we will finish the job we have been assigned in accordance with the Constitution.
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