President Clinton should be disbarred

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2000

President Clinton still doesn't get it. The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct has recommended he be disbarred for giving ``misleading'' testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinksy. The president, however, says the committee is acting too harshly and plans to appeal.

Clinton told the world he never had sex with Monica Lewinsky. In a January 1998 deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case - just one more for the files - Clinton said ``I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.''

Of course, months later he finally admits he had an ``inappropriate'' relationship with the White House intern. He's defended his statements in the 1998 deposition by saying the relationship didn't meet the definition of sex that was given at the time of the hearing. Please.

This is the same guy whom the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach. This is the same guy who denied, denied and denied to everyone until finally somewhat admitting his guilt in an effort to save his job. And now he's upset because an Arkansas committee wants to take away his right to practice law.

Do we even want someone like this practicing law, much less running the country? Clinton had opportunity after opportunity to tell the truth. He purposely chose not to. People, including the president of the United States, should be held accountable for their actions. You do something wrong, you admit it, take your hits and move on. But somehow the president believes the same laws we have to abide by don't apply to him.

Just like the infamous ``Twinkie'' defense, now we have the Clinton defense - it's okay to lie under oath provided at some point you sheepishly admit you did and give it the old ``aw shucks'' routine.

Clinton should have been thrown out of office. He tarnished the reputation of this country, his friends, his family and himself. Somehow he's managed to escape each time. Let's hope at least for once the ethics committee wins one.

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