• Michael A. Genovese
  • Robert J. Spitzer


With the Chief Justice presiding over a packed Senate Chamber and a worldwide television audience viewing with nervous anticipation, the clerk began to call the roll:

Senator Abraham … “guilty”

Senator Akaka … “not guilty”

Senator Allard … “guilty”

Senator Ashcroft … “guilty”

Senator Baucus … “not guilty”

Senator Bayh … “not guilty”

As the yeas and nays echoed throughout the chamber, it became clear that although President Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives (only the second president in history, but the first elected president to be impeached), the Republican-controlled Senate could not muster the two-thirds vote needed to convict. In the end, the Republicans could not even get a majority to vote in favor of any of the articles of impeachment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Genovese
    • 1
  • Robert J. Spitzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Loyola Marymount UniversityUSA
  2. 2.SUNY CortlandUSA

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