Senator Says Not Enough
Votes to Impeach Clinton
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday there was not enough bipartisan consensus to impeach President Clinton, even though he believed there was enough evidence. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that based on the evidence submitted by independent counsel Kenneth Starr the House of Representatives would vote for impeachment, but that there would not be enough votes in the Senate to convict Clinton. ``I'd like to resolve it in the best interests of the American people. That may be impeachment, it may not be. But you cannot have impeachment without a huge bipartisan consensus and right now there is no bipartisan consensus on impeachment that you consider significant enough to do it,'' Hatch, a Utah Republican, said on ``Fox News Sunday''. Earlier this month the House voted 258-176 to launch an impeachment inquiry, which will focus on three core charges of lying under oath, witness tampering and obstruction of justice stemming from the investigation of Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Hatch said the evidence pointed to impeachable offenses by Clinton. ``I do believe that he will be impeached by the House of Representatives.

The question is will the Senate do it ... but based upon what we have currently I cannot name one Democrat who is going to vote for impeachment.'' Impeachment requires a two-thirds Senate majority. ``If you look at the totality of the evidence that Ken Starr put forward there's enough here to impeach. You do have what appears to be perjury; you do have certainly lying to the court; you have (evidence of) witness tampering; you have evidence of obstruction of justice. Any one of those is an impeachable offense.'' House judiciary committee members said on the same program they wanted Starr to give evidence before the House inquiry. Tom Barrett, a Wisconsin Democrat, said it was crucial Starr be called to give evidence because allegations coming out of his office were being challenged. Barrett also said he was curious about the relationship between Starr's office, Lewinsky's former friend Linda Tripp and Paula Jones. ``That's a fact-pattern that has to be explored to see whether Linda Tripp was working as an agent for him (Starr) and as an agent for Paula Jones at same time,'' he said. ``There are some unanswered concerns. If we are moving toward impeachment we have to have all the questions answered.'' Jones alleges Clinton exposed himself to her and asked her for oral sex inside a Little Rock hotel room in 1991.

Clinton denies the allegations. On Saturday, Jones attorneys offered to settle her sexual harassment suit for $2 million. Tripp triggered the scandal investigation by providing Starr with tape recordings of her conversations with Lewinsky. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said: ``For the sake of history Kenneth Starr needs to come before the committee. Let's have the guy come up and tell us what he did and why. A lot of the accusations against Mr. Starr, once he gets a chance to speak, will make a little more sense.''