Congress was last night (Hong Kong time) set to release a videotape of President Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony in the Monica Lewinsky case, as partisan tempers flared on Capitol Hill. The House Judiciary Committee - which is charged with deciding whether impeachment proceedings should go ahead - met behind closed doors with the Republican majority virtually certain to vote to make the tape public. Television stations prepared to air the four-hour tape in full as soon as it was released - something which will send further shockwaves through the ranks of the President's aides and lawyers. They are fearful of the effect on public opinion of seeing him get irate during questioning and trying to avoid giving direct answers. Democrats also believe Republican candidates in November's elections will make maximum use of footage from the video in their campaign commercials. In remarks at a press conference with Czech President Vaclav Havel on Wednesday, Mr Clinton said he would not resign, because he was 'determined to lead this country and focus on the issues that are before us'. He said it was up to Congress to decide on the videotape's release, adding that he had always suspected that it might end up becoming public. The President yesterday stayed out of the fight, making a speech on health care before leaving for Ohio on another fund-raising trip. Despite earlier pleas for a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats are split along party lines on the issue of what to do with the tape and the 2,600 pages of back-up evidence from prosecutor Kenneth Starr. 'There is no reason for the tape to be released other than to create maximum feasible embarrassment for the President,' said Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who serves on the Judiciary Committee. 'I see no evidence that the Republicans want to do anything other than organise a lynch mob.' Senior Republican Christopher Cox disagreed: 'The President's lawyers have repeatedly said that the Congress and the country must judge the Starr report in the context of the President's presentation of his side of the story, and that is precisely what this evidence does.'