Impeachment of Bill Clinton

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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. House managers are seated beside the quarter-circular tables on the left and the president's personal counsel on the right.
AccusedBill Clinton, President of the United States
DateDecember 19, 1998 (1998-12-19) to February 12, 1999 (1999-02-12)
OutcomeAcquitted by the U.S. Senate, remained in office
ChargesPerjury (2), obstruction of justice, abuse of power
Congressional votes
Voting in the U.S. House of Representatives
AccusationPerjury / grand jury
Votes in favor228
Votes against206
ResultApproved
AccusationPerjury / Jones case
Votes in favor205
Votes against229
ResultRejected
AccusationObstruction of justice
Votes in favor221
Votes against212
ResultApproved
AccusationAbuse of power
Votes in favor148
Votes against284
ResultRejected
Voting in the U.S. Senate
AccusationArticle I – perjury / grand jury
Votes in favor45 "guilty"
Votes against55 "not guilty"
ResultAcquitted (67 "guilty" votes necessary for a conviction)
AccusationArticle II – obstruction of justice
Votes in favor50 "guilty"
Votes against50 "not guilty"
ResultAcquitted (67 "guilty" votes necessary for a conviction)

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 found not guilty of these charges by the Senate on February 12, 1999.[2]

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.

House vote[change | change source]

H. Res. 611 – Impeaching President Bill Clinton
December 19, 1998
First article
(perjury / grand jury)
Party Total votes[3]
Democratic Republican Independent
Yea Check markY 005 223 000 228
Nay 200 005 001 206
Second article
(perjury / Jones case)
Party Total votes[4]
Democratic Republican Independent
Yea 005 200 000 205
Nay Check markY 200 028 001 229
Third article
(obstruction of justice)
Party Total votes[5]
Democratic Republican Independent
Yea Check markY 005 216 000 221
Nay 199 012 001 212
Fourth article
(abuse of power)
Party Total votes[6]
Democratic Republican Independent
Yea 001 147 000 148
Nay Check markY 203 081 001 285

Source:[3][5][4][6]

Verdict[change | change source]

The Senate vote:

Articles of Impeachment, U.S. Senate judgement
(67 "guilty" votes necessary for a conviction)
Article One
(perjury / grand jury)
Party Total votes
Democratic Republican
Guilty 00 45 45
Not guilty Check markY 45 10 55
Article Two
(obstruction of justice)
Party Total votes
Democratic Republican
Guilty 00 50 50
Not guilty Check markY 45 05 50

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". 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Miller, Lorraine C. (December 19, 1998). "Final vote results for roll call 543". Office of the Clerk. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Miller, Lorraine C. (December 19, 1998). "Final vote results for roll call 544". Office of the Clerk. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Miller, Lorraine C. (December 19, 1998). "Final vote results for roll call 545". Office of the Clerk. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Miller, Lorraine C. (December 19, 1998). "Final vote results for roll call 546". Office of the Clerk. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.