By Stephanie Herman
February 1, 1999
The Democrats don't want witnesses to be called during the senate trial,
and their reasoning isn't terribly difficult to decode -- they don't
want live evidence to further bury their president. But just a
few years back, Senate Democrats felt quite differently. Read their
comments on the question of whether to call witnesses in the case of Bob
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA): "I do not want to base my vote on a stack
of papers. Does a piece of paper come alive? I say not."
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD): "I've heard their stories through
depositions, affidavits and the summary of testimony, but I didn't have
a chance to personally hear other witnesses. ... I believe that calls us
now as we get ready to vote to honor the precedent of public hearings for
cross-examination of witnesses to resolve discrepancies in testimony."
Senator Richard Bryan (D-NV): "We need an opportunity to listen to and
see the reaction of the witnesses first-hand, not just read a report."