Remarks on the Conclusion of the Senate Impeachment Trial and an Exchange With Reporters
The President. Now that the Senate has fulfilled its constitutional responsibility, bringing this process to a conclusion, I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and on the American people.
I also am humbled and very grateful for the support and the prayers I have received from millions of Americans over this past year.
Now I ask all Americans, and I hope all Americans—here in Washington and throughout our land—will rededicate ourselves to the work of serving our Nation and building our future together. This can be and this must be a time of reconciliation and renewal for America.
Thank you very much.
Q. In your heart, sir, can you forgive and forget?
The President. I believe any person who asks for forgiveness has to be prepared to give it.
NOTE: The President spoke at 2:38 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the White House.
William J. Clinton, Remarks on the Conclusion of the Senate Impeachment Trial and an Exchange With Reporters Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/228851