Impeachment of Bill Clinton

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Floor proceedings of the U.S. Senate during the trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William Rehnquist presiding

The impeachment of Bill Clinton began in December 1998 by the House of Representatives and led to a trial in the Senate for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice.[1]

These charges were caused from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones. Clinton was acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12, 1999.[2]

Independent council Ken Starr tried to get Clinton removed from office, but failed. As a result, four charges were considered by the full House of Representatives; two passed, making Clinton the second president to be impeached, after Andrew Johnson in 1868.

References[change | change source]

  1. Erskine, Daniel H. (2008). "The Trial of Queen Caroline and the Impeachment of President Clinton: Law As a Weapon for Political Reform" (in en). Washington University Global Studies Law Review 7 (1). ISSN 1546-6981. 
  2. Baker, Peter (February 13, 1999). "The Senate Acquits President Clinton". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Co. Retrieved December 4, 2013.