President Clinton's televised admission of an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky sent shock waves through Washington and beyond Monday.
Rep. Bill McCullum, a Florida Republican serving on the House Judiciary Committee, said the president did not say enough. He said that he knows no more about whether the president may have committed perjury or any other impeachable offenses.
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Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, meanwhile, said the president "behaved badly in a private sexual context and then out of his embarrassment initially lied about it. He. ..told the truth before the grand jury and it doesn't seem to me that there's anything further that is done governmentally."
Others were much harder on the president.
"If there is a clear case of perjury or a clear case of subornation of perjury, the president should resign," said Republican Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri. "If he has subverted the truth, if there are the serious crimes of perjury, the Congress has a responsibility to impeach."
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers said "I think the president owes members of his staff that went out and defended him an apology. ...I think he sent them out there, put their credibility at risk.".
Even as far away as Tokyo, President Clinton's confession was the talk of the town.
"It doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with the president's job," Seiko Fujii, a 33-year-old teacher, said Tuesday after Clinton reportedly testified under oath that he had engaged in an improper relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. "But having the president testify like a regular person is amazing."
In Europe, Clinton's closed-door testimony led the news on Austrian Television Monday night, taking up about half of the 30-minute reports broadcast three times in the evening.
"It is very hard to imagine that the president of the United States would be removed from office for a sexual affair," said correspondent Raimund Low, who once reported for the network from Washington. "However, for the remainder of his term, Bill Clinton will be severely handicapped, perhaps also in the international arena."
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