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42Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton$
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Michael Nelson, Barbara A. Perry, and Russell L. Riley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801454066

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801454066.001.0001

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The Broken Places

The Broken Places

The Clinton Impeachment and American Politics

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Andrew Rudalevige

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the controversy in Congress over Clinton’s impeachment. This chapter examines the controversy in Congress over Clinton’s impeachment. On September 9, 1998, the Starr Report was delivered to the House of Representatives, which proposes that Bill Clinton “committed acts that may constitute grounds for an impeachment.” Two days later, the House voted to make the 450-page report public, even though most members had not read or even seen it. The narrative rendering of Bill Clinton’s strange relationship with his former intern Monica Lewinsky went viral on the World Wide Web, its explicit exposition of their sexual encounters “simultaneously captivating and repulsing the American public.” By the time the Senate voted not to remove him from office in the early 1999, Clinton’s presidency had come close to breaking, but neither it nor his political career was ever again close to death.

Keywords:   Clinton impeachment, Starr Report, Lewinsky affair

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