[Journal of the House of Representatives, 1998]
[Thursday, October 8, 1998 (105), Para 105.7 Privileges of the House--Investigatory Powers of the Committee on the Judiciary]
[Page 2122]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

para.105.7  privileges of the house--investigatory powers of the 
          committee on the judiciary

  Mr. HYDE, by direction of the Committee on the Judiciary called up the 
following privileged resolution (H. Res. 581):

       Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary, acting as a 
     whole or by any subcommittee thereof appointed by the 
     chairman for the purposes hereof and in accordance with the 
     rules of the committee, is authorized and directed to 
     investigate fully and completely whether sufficient grounds 
     exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its 
     constitutional power to impeach William Jefferson Clinton, 
     President of the United States of America. The committee 
     shall report to the House of Representatives such 
     resolutions, articles of impeachment, or other 
     recommendations as it deems proper.
       Sec. 2. (a) For the purpose of making such investigation, 
     the committee is authorized to require--
       (1) by subpoena or otherwise--
       (A) the attendance and testimony of any person (including 
     at a taking of a deposition by counsel for the committee); 
       (B) the production of such things; and
       (2) by interrogatory, the furnishing of such information;

     as it deems necessary to such investigation.
       (b) Such authority of the committee may be exercised--
       (1) by the chairman and the ranking minority member acting 
     jointly, or, if either declines to act, by the other acting 
     alone, except that in the event either so declines, either 
     shall have the right to refer to the committee for decision 
     the question whether such authority shall be so exercised and 
     the committee shall be convened promptly to render that 
     decision; or
       (2) by the committee acting as a whole or by subcommittee.

     Subpoenas and interrogatories so authorized may be issued 
     over the signature of the chairman, or ranking minority 
     member, or any member designated by either of them, and may 
     be served by any person designated by the chairman, or 
     ranking minority member, or any member designated by either 
     of them. The chairman, or ranking minority member, or any 
     member designated by either of them (or, with respect to any 
     deposition, answer to interrogatory, or affidavit, any person 
     authorized by law to administer oaths) may administer oaths 
     to any witness. For the purposes of this section, ``things'' 
     includes, without limitation, books, records, correspondence, 
     logs, journals, memorandums, papers, documents, writings, 
     drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, reproductions, 
     recordings, tapes, transcripts, printouts, data compilations 
     from which information can be obtained (translated if 
     necessary, through detection devices into reasonably usable 
     form), tangible objects, and other things of any kind.

  The SPEAKER ruled that the resolution did present a question of 
privilege and recognized Mr. HYDE.
  Pending consideration of said resolution.
  On motion of Mr. HYDE, by unanimous consent,
  Ordered, That the time for debate on the resolution be expanded to two 
  When said resolution was considered.
  After debate,
  On motion of Mr. CONYERS, by unanimous consent,
  Ordered, That there be ten minutes of debate time be allocated on the 
motion to recommit if offered by Mr. BOUCHER, equally divided between 
the proponent and opponent.
  After further debate,