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Statement on the Tragedy in Waco, Texas

April 19, 1993

I am deeply saddened by the loss of life in Waco today. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of David Koresh's victims.

The law enforcement agencies involved in the Waco siege recommended the course of action pursued today. The Attorney General informed me of their analysis and judgment and recommended that we proceed with today's action given the risks of maintaining the previous policy indefinitely. I told the Attorney General to do what she thought was right, and I stand by that decision.

William J. Clinton, Statement on the Tragedy in Waco, Texas Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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