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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 15, 1998 - 5

calls for
*global al
NEW YORK (AP) President
dinton called yesterday for greater glob-
al cooperation to restore growth in Asia,
protect the economies of other threatened
regons and "douse the flames of the
international financial crisis."
In a hastily scheduled speech deliv-
ered to a small audience assembled by
tte Council on Foreign Relations, he
made no reference to the Monica
Lewinsky scandal.
0 With the House of Representatives on
the verge of deciding whether to consid-
er impeaching him, he nevertheless
pressed a balking Congress to approve
his request to provide the International
Monetary Fund with $18 billion.
Clinton's remarks came as senior
economic policy-makers of the Group
of Seven - the United States, Japan,
Germany, Britain, France, Italy and
'anada - issued a statement in
ondon echoing his view that the
industrialized nations must do more.
However, both Clinton and the G-7
dficials stopped well short of advocating
a coordinated cut in interest rates - a
step financial markets have demanded as
a sign that the major economic powers
are willing to act aggressively to contain
the spreading Asian economic slump.
Asked if the administration was
pushing for an interest-rate cut,
* reasury Secretary Robert Rubin said:
"Absolutely not"
Just over a week ago, Federal
Reserve Board Chair Alan Greenspan
opened the door to a possible interest-
rate, reduction if the economic slump
oveiseas becomes more threatening.
Hfe, too, stopped well short of promis-
ing any such move.
Officials and private analysts both
-autioned that yesterday's pronounce-
ments were only a start, and that the
industrial countries still have not decid-
ed on the kind of broad, coordinated
cut in interest rates that financial mar-
kets seem to want.
.Fo Clinton, the economic turmoil
around the world and its potential
impact on the United States carries
with it extraordinary consequences:
The strength of the economy is widely
viewed as the crucial remaining pillar
* his wobbling political support.
Clinton said yesterday that the
United States has "profound interests"
in preventing the slump from widen-
ing, saying "there is now a stark chal-
lenge not only to economic freedom
but - if unaddressed - a challenge
that could stem the rising tide of poiti-
cal liberty as well.'
.With one-quarter of the world living
countries in which economic growth
fsdeclining, the president said "We need
to get credit flowing again. We need to
get business back to making products,
producing services, creating jobs"
The program Clinton unveiled was
short on specifics. But he said he had
asked Rubin and Greenspan to convene
a meeting in Washington next month of
the finance ministers and central bank
governors of the Group of Seven and
their counterparts from emerging mar-
Sets in the developing world.

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Impeachment process has
begun only twice in 220 years

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton glances at her husband as they wait to be
introduced during a Democratic Party fundraiser in New York City yesterday.
Starr repo draws
Intern-et audienf~ce

Continued from Page 1
through the 445-page report the Office
of the Independent Council submitted
to them last week, alleging 11 offenses
the office claims warrant the removal
of the president.
While Clinton's lawyers make their
case to the nation on "Meet the Press"
and "Face the Nation," it is now up to
the 37-member committee to decide
where to take the investigation. One
option for the committee is to begin an
impeachment inquiry into the affair.
Article II, Section 4 of the
Constitution of the United States pro-
vides for the removal of the president
after being convicted of "treason,
bribery or other high crimes and mis-
This is the process advocated by the
OIC and various members of
Congress, but the White House claims
that the report does not make enough
of a case for impeachment.
Political science assistant Prof.
Vincent Hutchings said he is preparing
to give a lecture on this topic to his
legislative process class. He said the
"high crimes and misdemeanors" stan-
dard leaves room for legal interpreta-
"It's pretty vague. It is necessarily
vague for political reasons," Hutchings
said. "The framers wanted to leave it
that way because they didn't know
what could happen in the future."
The report does not represent
impeachable offenses,
Hutchings opined, but he said he
believes the committee will begin Kin
But the process will not be speedy,
possibly dragging well into 1999,
Hutchings added.
"It's politically motivated,"
Hutchings said.
"The Republicans are going to make
every effort to prolong the embarrass-
ment to the President, in part as pay-
back for the (Richard) Nixon affair."
Law Prof. Samuel Gross also said
the report does not constitute grounds
for impeachment, but he does say it
appears the president comitted perjury.
"On the perjury count, it's pretty

clear" Gross said.
"Taking the report at face value, it
certainly sounds like he perjured him-
But the question of whether that
alone, or even that coupled with a fur-
ther attempt to cover up the sexual liai-
son is grounds for impeachment, is not
as clear, according to Gross.
"If these sorts of things are
impeachable, it would be very unfortu-
nate," Gross said. "It isn't abuse of
power or genuinely serious criminal
The final decision on whether to
move to impeachment hearings will be
made by the House Judiciary
Committee, but all signs point to the
beginning of an inquiry into the affair.
This could lead to the drafting of arti-
cles of impeachment by the commit-
tee. These articles would then be voted
on by the committee and the full
If passed, the President would be
tried on the Senate floor, where a two-
thirds majority would be needed to
convict and remove him from office.
This process has begun only twice
before in the 220 years of the
Constitution. In 1974, articles of
impeachment were drawn up for
Richard Nixon, but the president
resigned before the process went fur-
ther. But in 1869, Andrew Johnson was
just one vote short of being convicted
by the Senate after the House voted to
Another option for the members of
Congress is censure, a similarly sel-
dom used reprimand. Censuring some-
one, which requires a vote in one or
both house in Congress, formally con-
demns a person's actions.
Censure's most notable and famous
use was the Senate's 1954 reprimand
of Sen.. Joseph McCarthy of
Wisconsin after his attacks on alleged

communists. Speaker of the I louse
Newt Gingrich was also censured for
abuse of power, and torced to pay a
$300,000 fine as a result.
The only president censured was
Andrew Jackson in 1834, after refus-
ing to give documents to the Senate.
But the measure was stricken from the
Congressional Record as unconstitu-
tional when Jackson's party returned to
power in the Senate.
Although it is unclear whether this
option is constitutional, the idea is
gaining popularity across the nation
because it would allow Clinton to fin-
ish his term while acknowledging his
"It's a symbolic measure to express
contempt and displeasure," Hutchings
said. "That is the most likely option
now. It's probably going to happen."

"Taking the report at face value, it
certainly sounds. like he perjured
- Samuel Gross
University Law Professor

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON The titillating
descriptions of sexual encounters
between President Clinton and
Monica Lewinsky contained in a
special prosecutor's report drew far
more readers to the Internet than the
legal defense issued by the White
A market research company,
Relevant Knowledge, estimated
Monday that about 10 times as many
people downloaded the 445-page report
by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr
than the 73-page response the White
House issued before anyone there saw
Starr's tome.
The company, which tracks Internet

traffic, said more than 6 million people
read either Starr's report or the White
House statement during the first two
days after their release.
"The frenzy to see the Starr report is
like nothing we've ever seen before,"
said Jeff Levy, chairman of Relevant
The company estimated that 5.9 mil-
lion people read Starr's report on the
Internet, compared with 606,000 peo-
'ple who read the White I louse defense
of President Clinton.
Relevant Knowledge projected its
figures by watching about 8,000 ran-
domly selected Internet users whom it
considers representative of U.S. citizens
13 and over online.


Continued from Page 1
"The most impressive thing to me was the strong sense of
confidence that Korea will make it in the world," Jacobson
said. "And the strong sense of not blaming the outside forces
but instead saying 'we've got to do it!"'
As a graduate student at Yale University, I ong-Koo spent
the summer of '61 in Ann Arbor on a fellowship studying
quantitative political science.
"Ann Arbor is an example of global neighborhoods as we
go into the next century 'Hong-Koo said.
Jacobson, who worked with Ilong-Koo when they served as
vice-presidents of the International Political Science
Association, said he was an excellent choice for ambassador
because he was educated in the United States and he has an
excellent understanding of the U.S. political and economic sys-
"Because the United States is critical to their economic
recovery, (the Korean president) clearly picked the best per-

son he could have to be ambassador at this critical juncture
he is a man of enormous integrity," Jacobson said.
E. IHan Kim, the director of the Mitsui Research Center at
the School of Business Administration, introduced the
ambassador as an old friend. Kim said he appreciated the
speech's upbeat tone. The speech "was unusually thoughtful
and positive," Kim said.
"In his responses in the question and answer session, you can
see a political theorist in practice because it was so logical"
Hong-Koo was previously ambassador to the United
Kingdom, he served as chair of the New Korea Party in '96-
'97 and was the leading candidate for president of Korea until
he pulled out in the last election.
Kim Dae-jung, of the opposing party, won the presidency
and subsequently asked Hong-Koo to serve as ambassador.
LSA first-year student Davis Nathaniel said he attended
the lecture to "hear an ambassador speak."
But he said he was especially impressed by Hong-Koo's
willingness to work as ambassador under an administration
he originally opposed.

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