ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 07, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The opening of the trial of President Clinton in the Senate introduced. [Senator Strom THURMOND, chaplain Dr. Lloyd OGILVIE - perform opening duties.] The Republican House "managers" shown entering the Senate. [Representative Henry HYDE - says the articles of impeachment are ready.] [While Thurmond administers the oath, Chief Justice William REHNQUIST - says he is ready; swears in the senators.]
(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) The Senate efforts to hammer out a bipartisan agreement on how to handle the trial examined; details given of the Republican plan and the Democrat plan.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; White House: Sam Donaldson) The president's day while the Senate trial started reviewed; scenes shown of him with Hillary Clinton; details given of why the White House wants no witnesses.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The subdued nature of the Senate today noted. [Senator John CHAFEE - describes the solemnity of the Senate occasion with the chief justice there.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Washington: Cokie Roberts) The wrangling behind the solemn scene and the possibility of the Senate being driven to a compromise bipartisan agreement discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The indictment by independent counsel Kenneth Starr's grand jury of Julie Hyatt Steele for obstructing justice in her testimony about Kathleen Willey noted.