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Bill Clinton's Impeachment

ALP 10 5.1.13
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Sabrina Ratanpal

on 6 May 2013

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Transcript of Bill Clinton's Impeachment

Charges he was accused for "The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury regarding the Paula Jones case and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky" (Articles of Impeachment -Washington Post). Although Clinton swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth during his testimony, he did the exact opposite. Clinton provided false, misleading, and perjurious information in front of a Federal grand jury. He lied about his relationship with a government employee, Monica Lewinsky. "The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony in the Jones case in his answers to written questions and in his deposition" (Articles of Impeachment - Washington Post). President Clinton swore to tell the truth, but on December 23th, 1997, he provided false and misleading information to the written questions that a Federal judge had asked during the investigation. He did the same thing on January 17th, 1998. Clinton was initially accused of 4 charges, but only 2 of them were passed by the House and the other 2 failed. Bill Clinton's Impeachment Sabrina Ratanpal
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Hour 2 The 2 that were not passed were: "The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony in the Jones case in his answers to written questions and in his deposition." and "The president misused and abused his office by making perjurious, false and misleading statements to Congress" ( Articles of Impeachment - Washington Post). Bill Clinton, although he was a very bright, intelligent, and popular president, was impeached from the presidency in 1998. Ken Starr, who was an Independent Counselor investigating the Whitewater real estates of Bill Clinton, reported that President Clinton had lied to him during the investigation, which resulted in his impeachment. Clinton was impeached because he committed perjury and obstruction of justice. "The president provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony in the Jones case in his answers to written questions and in his deposition" (Articles of Impeachment - Washington Post). "The president misused and abused his office by making perjurious, false and misleading statements to Congress" (Articles of Impeachment - Washington Post). President Clinton lied to the grand jury in testimonies between December 7th, 1997 and January 26th, 1998 and he also asked witnesses to the grand jury for him, and in return, he offered them Federal jobs, which is illegal. Contrary to his oath as President to uphold the constitution of United States, he engaged in conducts that resulted in the misuse and abuse of his power. House: Passed
Committee: Passed House: Failed
Committee: Passed House: Passed
Committee: Passed House: Failed
Committee: Passed President Clinton lied to a federal grand jury during a sexual harassment legal suit brought against him by Paula Jones, which happened before Clinton began the presidency. Paula Jones accused Clinton of sexual harassment in 1994. Clinton denied this and accused her of "being an opportunist who went public with her story to make money and harm him politically" (Case Closed - Washington Post). Clinton tried to delay the trial about this case until after he leaves office, but the Supreme Court dismissed this attempt. Before the trial could even occur, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright eventually sided with Clinton, throwing out the case. In 1998, President Clinton was accused of having an affair with an intern by the name of Monica Lewinsky. In 1995, Lewinsky joined as an unpaid White House Intern for Chief of Staff Leon Panetta. She engaged in her first sexual encounter with Bill Clinton in November of the same year. In 1996 she began working in the Pentagon for Ken Bacon and met Linda Tripp. Lewinsky began telling Linda Tripp about her affair with Clinton, then Tripp began to secretly tape Lewinsky. Lewinsky was later asked to appear before the court by the lawyers representing Paula Jones. She submitted an affidavit denying any affairs with President Clinton. Linda Tripp then informed Ken Starr about her secret recordings of Lewinsky. Ken Starr offered Lewinsky immunity in lieu of confessing, which she agreed to. Clinton gives a deposition denying any affairs with Lewinsky. In a televised interview, Clinton stated "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time. Never. These allegations are false." Later, in another press conference, he admitted to his affair with Lewinsky. Kenneth "Ken" Starr was an independent counselor appointed for investigating the Whitewater Scandal, involving President Bill Clinton. During his long investigation, Starr did not find any evidence that Clinton did anything illegal. He then began investigating the Lewinsky scandal. He didn't find much evidence about that issue either, until Linda Tripp approached him and informed him about the secret recordings that she had of Lewinsky admitting to the affair with Clinton. Starr informed Congress that Clinton had lied to his grand jury about the affair with Lewinsky, which ultimately led to his impeachment. President Clinton is the second and final (to date) president to be impeached from office. He was the most investigated president in U.S. history. Four articles of impeachment were introduced against President Bill Clinton, accusing him of perjury and obstruction of justice. Two of which were passed by the House and the other two were not passed. He was not removed from office because there were not enough votes in the Senate. If he had admitted to his affairs with Lewinsky earlier, he would not have been impeached, but because of his lying to the grand jury, he ultimately was impeached.
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