Statement by Rep. Cynthia McKinney
SEPTEMBER 11, 1998
WASHINGTON, DC -- "To this point I have
not made a public statement about the Clinton /Lewinsky / Starr triangle
because my focus is on four primary responsibilities: raising my son Coy,
doing my job in Congress, helping my constituents, and using my contacts
in Africa to be a source of reason as we attempt to stop the violence and
genocide that threaten to engulf that Continent."
"Now, however, because of the delivery
of Ken Starr's report to Congress, I feel the time is now appropriate for
a statement. My silence from January until today should not be interpreted
as blind support of a man whom I consider to be a friend and a supporter."
"I am deeply disappointed in the behavior
of the President. His reckless behavior with Monica Lewinsky has brought
us to the brink of a constitutional crisis at a time when his intellect
and America's power could and should be used to make a difference for America
and the entire world."
"Sadly, Bill Clinton's political myopia
has resulted in diminished status for the man who could be the leader of
the free world. His lost credibility means he is no help to me raising
my son, his leadership is missing in action on Capitol Hill, he has shattered
the confidence of too many people in my district, and he is marginalized
and of no help to the people and governments of Africa as they spiral in
and out of hunger, war, and genocide."
"I will make no prejudgement on the matter
of whether or not Bill Clinton should resign, be censured or impeached.
These are merely options--points--on a political roadmap that once pointed
surely toward greatness, but that now has taken a wrong turn toward a sad
and lonely avenue of lost possibility."
"Finally, I wish to say that I stand in
solidarity with my friend Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has met this humiliation
at the hands of the man she loves with character, charm, and grace."
"We are all poorer because of the mistakes
of a man who has squandered a historic opportunity, disgracing himself
in the eyes of the world and his family. Bill Clinton's greatest punishment
will be that he has to face that reality every morning for the rest of