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Political Scandals: Clinton/Lewinsky - 1998

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Sex, politics, and public opinion: what political scientists really learned... by Arthur H. Miller

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Aftermath: the Clinton impeachment and the presidency in the age of political spectacle​ by Leonard V Kaplan and Beverly I Moran

One scandalous story: Clinton, Lewinsky, and thirteen days that tarnished American journalism by Marvin L Kalb

The Clinton scandals and the politics of image restoration by Joseph R Blaney and William L Benoit

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The Clinton scandal and the future of American government by Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox

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Slow Burn: The Clinton Impeachment

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Want to hear the story told through a podcast? Check out season 2 of Slow Burn (the first episode is below). Also read the podcast reviewed on the New Yorker.




Visual Timeline of the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal


What Happened?


What happened: "In 1995, [President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky] began a sexual relationship that continued sporadically until 1997. During that time, Lewinsky was transferred to a job at the Pentagon, where she confided in coworker Linda Tripp about her affair with the president. Tripp went on to secretly tape some of her conversations with Lewinsky. In 1998, when news of his extramarital affair became public, Clinton denied the relationship before later admitting to “inappropriate intimate physical contact” with Lewinsky. The House of Representatives impeached the president for perjury and obstruction of justice, but he was acquitted by the Senate."

Why it was so scandalous: "In September 1998, [The Starr report] describ[es] Clinton and Lewinsky’s encounters in explicit detail, and [put] forth 11 possible grounds for impeachment. [It] was soon made public by Congress and published in book form, becoming a best-seller. That October, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to proceed with impeachment hearings against Clinton. In December, the House approved two articles of impeachment against him: perjury and obstruction of justice. He was only the second president in U.S. history to be impeached (after President Andrew Johnson in 1868). On February 12, 1999, following a five-week trial in the Senate, Clinton was acquitted."


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