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Friday, October 9, 1998

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  • Future of Impeachment Inquiry

    The House of Representatives yesterday launched the third presidential impeachment inquiry in U.S. history. This authorizes an unrestricted probe that could range far beyond the fallout from Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. In the end, 31 Democrats joined Republicans in approving the proceedings. No Republicans crossed party lines to oppose the inquiry. House Judiciary Committee Chairperson Henry Hyde said after the vote that he expects hearings to take place after the November 3rd Congressional elections and said he would push to complete the inquiry by the end of the year.

  • Congress Approves Expanded Wiretapping Authority

    Without debate or notice, U.S. lawmakers yesterday approved a proposal long sought by the FBI that would dramatically expand wiretapping authority — an idea Congress openly rejected many years ago. The provision makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to tap any telephone used by or near a person being targeted by the FBI, instead of getting authorization to tap specific phones.