What happened during President Clinton's impeachment?

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President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born 1946) was impeached by the U. S. House of Representatives in 1998 but was acquitted by vote of the U. S. Senate in 1999. He was only the second standing President impeached, the first being Andrew Johnson in 1868. The charges stemmed from obstruction of justice charges concerning a previous Whitewater land deal and perjury charges brought in the sexual misconduct charges with Monica Lewinsky.

Originally dealing with the failed land deal years earlier known as Whitewater, (Independent Counsel Kenneth) Starr, with the approval of Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno, conducted a wide ranging investigation of alleged abuses including the firing of White House travel agents, the alleged misuse of FBI files, and Bill Clinton's conduct during the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Arkansas government employee, Paula Jones.

The impeachment proceedings were largely political, and the voting went along party lines. The Republican-controlled House voted to convict, while the Democrat majority Senate voted against impeachment. Clinton denied the charges concerning Lewinsky--

Clinton publicly stated, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." In his Paula Jones deposition, he swore, "I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. I've never had an affair with her." Months later, Clinton admitted that his relationship with Lewinsky was "wrong" and "not appropriate."

though he apparently did engage in oral sex with her on several occasions. Despite his impeachment,

Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.


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