I am concerned about Sen. Hatch's recent suggestions that a presidential admission of guilt might somehow make it possible for him to remain in office. If President Clinton is in fact guilty of the charges Kenneth Starr has leveled against him, I cannot see how any moral person could consider him fit for the office of president of the United States, regardless of whether he finally confesses. Such a confession would be even less meaningful if tied to such a substantial political carrot as retaining his elected office.

The nation and the world require a strong, moral and dignified leader who can command the respect of people and nations around the world. If the accusations in the Starr report are true, President Clinton has exhibited not merely a "critical lapse in judgment" but a sustained pattern of weakness, selfishness and indifference to the magnitude of his office and to the legal and moral codes of our society. Can Congress reasonably consider him worthy of the tremendous trust and responsibility that we must of necessity place in the one who holds the office of president of the United States?I think not. I believe the framers of the Constitution hoped much better things for our country than this. If the president has committed the high crimes being charged, we should not be talking about plea bargains.

Robert A. Meyers

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