5 Facts About President Bill Clinton’s Impeachment

On December 19, 1998, after nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. Here are five things you didn’t know about President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

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Monica Lewinsky Admitted to Ten Sexual Encounters With The President Monica Lewinsky was working as an unpaid intern and was transferred to the White House's West Wing in 1995, along with some other interns, to run errands and answer phones. According to her, after she met the president, they had a total of ten sexual encounters, the last being in the spring of 1997, and continued talking by phone afterward.

Clinton Lied About His Relationship With Lewinski President Clinton was being sued by an Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones, on the grounds of sexual harassment, which was being investigated by Kenneth Starr, when his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the 22-year-old White House intern, was called called into question. President Clinton denied the sexual relationship with the statement, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."

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A Blue Dress Brought Clinton Down A semen stain on a blue dress was used as evidence to link Clinton to the affair with Lewinsky during his presidency. The blue dress worn by Monica Lewinsky became an important piece of of physical evidence confirming Bill Clinton's sexual relationship with Lewinsky. Lewinsky received immunity in exchange for grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with Clinton. She also turned over the semen-stained blue dress (that Linda Tripp had encouraged her to save without dry cleaning) to the Starr investigators, thereby providing unambiguous DNA evidence that could prove the relationship despite Clinton's official denials.

Clinton Was Charged With Lying and Obstruction of Justice Clinton was charged with two articles of impeachment. The first was that he lied about his relationship with the White House intern, made false statements, and tried to influence her testimony. The second charge involved obstruction of justice by encouraging the young woman to lie and hide the presence of gifts he had given her and others.

The Votes Were Not There to Remove Clinton From Office On February 9, 1999, the Senate began impeachment deliberations behind closed doors, which would have required 67 votes to convict the president and remove him from office. When the votes were tallied in the charge of perjury, 45 Senators voted for and 55 voted against removal. On obstruction of justice, the vote was 50/50, which fell far short of the necessary votes for removal and conviction.