WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-GA, has announced that six more
members of the House of Representatives have been added as co-sponsors
of legislation introduced to begin an inquiry into whether or not
grounds exist to impeach President Clinton.
Barr's bill, House Resolution 304, now has the support of 29 members.
The new co-sponsors are Reps. Larry Combest, R-TX, Richard Pombo, R-CA,
Frank Riggs, R-CA, Matt Salmon, R-AZ, Bob Schaffer, R-CO, and Cliff
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"Last November, I introduced legislation to begin an impeachment
inquiry, because it is the only constitutional way to resolve serious
allegations of abuse of power by our nation's highest leader," said
Barr. "I am pleased to see more and more other members realizing that
until we complete an impeachment inquiry, our nation will continue to
suffer from a lack of leadership as the president is left to twist
slowly in the wind. If he has abused his office, an inquiry will be the
first step in his removal from office."
When Barr first introduced the bill, he was virtually alone in
calling for the inquiry. Yesterday, however, as Independent Counsel
Kenneth Starr delivered to Congress a report and two vanloads of
supporting evidence of possible impeachable offenses by President
Clinton, hearings appear to be a virtual certainty.
The Starr report is expected to lay out evidence of possible
obstruction of justice, perjury, witness tampering and abuse of power by
Clinton in his effort to conceal an affair with Monica Lewinsky.