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I don't think Congress is in the business of censuring the President.
Republicans who say they are not averse to censuring the president are adamant about denouncing him as a probable lawbreaker.
At the same time, the White House, top Democrats and a handful of Republicans intensified their push to let the full House vote next week on censuring the president as an alternative to impeachment.
As staff lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee prepared three articles of impeachment against President Clinton, the White House said Friday it was ``aggressively listening'' to any member of Congress who wanted to talk about censuring the president rather than impeaching him.
We call on them, Democrats and Republicans, to come together in a show of bipartisan high-mindedness and propose a harsh censuring of the president that establishes a precedent and ends the destructive debate on impeachment.
Rather, a growing number of Democrats talked openly about censuring Clinton as a compromise that would allow Congress to go on record against his actions but stop short of the divisive move of impeachment.
However, I think censuring the President is not appropriate until Congress completes a truly bipartisan investigation into the surveillance program.
Soon after Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, proposed censuring the President for his unauthorized wiretap ping program, Democrats began tripping all over themselves as they rushed to back away from the proposal.