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Impeachment of the President of the United States is an exceedingly rare affair, and first it must be understood that to be impeached is not to be guilty of a crime, but merely to be accused or charged as such. To this end, Presidential impeachment trials are presided over by the US Senate and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as in the case of William Rehnquist and President Bill Clinton.
President Clinton's trial was highly publicized, and largely viewed as politically motivated based on the nature of the charges, the breakdown of the votes of the Senators, and the American public's general opinion about the charges, before, during, and after, especially in regards to how the results played into the 2000 Presidential Election and its controversial results (Al Gore's refusal to have President Clinton campaign for his election).
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