Originally created 01/20/99

No witnesses? 012099 - The Augusta Chronicle



Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine -- perhaps the most partisan pol ever to hold the post of Senate majority leader (1989-1995) -- has just been added to the White House spin-machine. It's sole job these days, of course, is to drum up public support to save Bill Clinton his job.

Before his career as a federal lawmaker, Mitchell served -- apparently with distinction -- as a prosecutor and judge, so he is extremely knowledgeable about the law.

Yet his position on the controversial issue of whether to call witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial is: Don't.

Live witnesses, Mitchell claims, won't clear up conflicting testimony provided by Special Counsel Kenneth Starr's transcripts. They will only confuse the senators and prolong the trial.

That's a remarkable stance for a man of Mitchell's vast legal experience -- and shows just how deep he has sunk to prostitute himself for Clinton.

Witnesses telling the truth under oath are at the very foundation of our legal system. It couldn't exist without them. To argue they aren't necessary -- and will gum up the wheels of justice -- insults the Constitution, the Senate's intelligence and all Americans.

It also shows just how partisan the White House is getting to save their man.