Twenty-one years ago, in January 1999, the U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of then-President William Jefferson Clinton. While Clinton ultimately wasnt removed from office, much was said during the proceedings about the importance of the process and the motivation for individual votes.
Sen. Pat Roberts, had a stirring, if somewhat rhetorical statement. After listing some of the accusations against Clinton, he asked:
Do these actions rise to the level envisioned by our founding fathers in the Constitution as high crimes and misdemeanors so warranting removal from office? Our Constitution requires that the threshold for that judgment must be set by each senator sitting as a juror.