United States

House of Representatives

Committee on the Judiciary

News Release

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December 12, 1998



Washington, D.C. - Following is a statement delivered by Paul J. McNulty, spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee, in response to the statement today by Greg Craig, White House special counsel:

"I am dismayed by the words of the President's counsel today. After the President yesterday expressed regret to Congress and the American people for his behavior, today the White House strategy is confrontation, not contrition. By returning to the war room politics of partisan attacks, the White House undermines the sincerity and credibility of the President's words.

Finally, if the White House wants to decide its course of action by opinion polls and surveys -- as it apparently thinks the Committee should -- that is its choice. The members of the Judiciary Committee, however, have a higher Constitutional duty that cannot be abdicated."