Impeachment Hearings: Senate debate on dismissal
The debate is on... but the doors of the Senate are closed. Senate debate on the major issues in President Clinton's impeachment trial will be held in secret... just as it was during Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial 130 years ago. Democrats Tom Harkin and Paul Wellstone offered what was called a "sunshine" resolution, but two thirds of the Senators vote not to change the historic rules. The measure failed after introduction of another resolution to dismiss the two articles of impeachment altogether.