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August 18, President Clinton acknowledged last night that he had an inappropriate relationship with onetime intern Monica S. Lewinsky and deceived the. In , when news of his extramarital affair became public, Clinton denied the relationship before later admitting to “inappropriate intimate. The relationship between Lewinsky and President Clinton came to light 20 years . He admits to “inappropriate intimate contact” but also says that he had 3: In 's midterm elections, Democrats score unexpected gains.
Hillary Clinton remained supportive of her husband throughout the scandal. On January 27, in an appearance on NBC 's Today she said, "The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president. On July 28,a substantial delay after the public break of the scandal, Lewinsky received transactional immunity in exchange for grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with Clinton.
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That evening he gave a nationally televised statement admitting that his relationship with Lewinsky was "not appropriate". Based on the evidence—a blue dress with Clinton's semen that Tripp provided—Starr concluded that the president's sworn testimony was false and perjurious.
During the deposition, Clinton was asked "Have you ever had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, as that term is defined in Deposition Exhibit 1? Afterwards, based on the definition created by the Independent Counsel's Office, Clinton answered, "I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. In other words, Clinton denied that he had ever contacted Lewinsky's "genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks", and effectively claimed that the agreed-upon definition of "sexual relations" included giving oral sex but excluded receiving oral sex.
A few Democratic members of Congress, and most in the opposition Republican Party, claimed that Clinton's giving false testimony and allegedly influencing Lewinsky's testimony were crimes of obstruction of justice and perjury and thus impeachable offenses. After a delay due to a brief bombing campaign in Iraqthe House of Representatives voted to issue Articles of Impeachment against him which was followed by a day trial in the Senate.
All of the Democrats in the Senate voted for acquittal on both the perjury and the obstruction of justice charges. Ten Republicans voted for acquittal for perjury: Five Republicans voted for acquittal for obstruction of justice: Chafee, Collins, Jeffords, Snowe, and Specter.
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President Clinton was thereby acquitted of all charges and remained in office. There were attempts to censure the president by the House of Representatives, but those attempts failed.
Aftermath[ edit ] Effect on presidential election[ edit ] The scandal arguably affected the U. Democratic Party candidate and sitting vice president Al Gore said that Clinton's scandal had been "a drag" that deflated the enthusiasm of their party's base, and had the effect of reducing Democratic votes.
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Clinton said that the scandal had made Gore's campaign too cautious, and that if Clinton had been allowed to campaign for Gore in Arkansas and New Hampshireeither state would have delivered Gore's needed electoral votes regardless of the effects of the Florida recount controversy.
Geer later concluded "Clinton fatigue or a kind of moral retrospective voting had a significant impact on Gore's chances".
The Media Frenzy and Grand Jury Testimony On January 17,the Drudge Report, a conservative online news aggregator founded inpublished an item accusing the president of having a sexual relationship with a former White House intern.
The mainstream media picked up the story a few days later, and a national scandal erupted. At the suggestion of Tripp, Lewinsky had never laundered the garment.
The Starr Report, as it became known, was soon made public by Congress and published in book form, becoming a best-seller. That October, the U. House of Representatives voted to proceed with impeachment hearings against Clinton.
In December, the House approved two articles of impeachment against him: He was only the second president in U. On February 12,following a five-week trial in the Senate, Clinton was acquitted.
Aftermath of the Scandal Clinton went on to finish his second term in the White House and left office with strong public approval ratings, despite the scandal.
Lewinsky became a household name after the affair was revealed, and endured intense public scrutiny.