Originally created 09/12/98

Local lawmakers mum on report



WASHINGTON -- At least for Friday, most members of the Georgia and South Carolina congressional delegations resisted any urges they might have had to express shock or outrage at the details of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report on his investigation of President Clinton.

Most lawmakers left Washington on Friday afternoon for their districts before the 445-page report hit the Internet. Over the objections of the president and some of his Democratic supporters, the House had voted overwhelmingly earlier in the day to release the main portion of the report to the public.

"Evidence will be the determining factor in deciding whether the House goes forward with a fuller inquiry," said U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel that could end up voting on articles of impeachment. "It is my responsibility to carefully review the report and weigh the evidence."

Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., also was reluctant to shoot from the hip before examining the report's accusations. He waited until early evening to leave the capital so he could take a copy of the report home with him, said John Stone, a spokesman for Dr. Norwood.

An exception was Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., who received a summary of the report before he left Washington for the weekend, and skimmed parts of a full copy of the material when he arrived in Greenville, S.C.

"The detail is really stunning. The word `revolting' comes to my mind," said Mr. Inglis, who is running for the Senate against veteran Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C. "I'm not really looking forward to really the rest of it."