The Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton
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President William Jefferson Clinton became only the second president to be impeached, following acrimonious and highly partisan proceedings in the House. The charges of perjury and obstruction of justice that formed the basis of the impeachment arose from a lawsuit brought by Paula C. Jones alleging improper sexual conduct on Clinton’s part when he was governor of Arkansas and Jones was a state employee, and Clinton’s attempt to keep secret a sexual liaison he had had with a former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, who was to be a witness in the Jones lawsuit. These charges differed materially from those brought against both President Johnson and President Nixon in that the misconduct attributed to Clinton, although criminal in nature, did not relate directly to his actions as president. Thus, the impeachment did not center upon an abuse of his public office or authority but rather was concerned exclusively with his character and fitness for office.
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