Chapter 37

Chapter 37: Triumph And Tragedy: America At The Turn Of The Century

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The Clinton Impeachment


Why was President William Clinton impeached and brought to trial during the late 1990s?

The 1990s were a period of intense partisan conflict in the United States. William Jefferson Clinton, the president and a Democrat, was popular with the American people. However, his party could not maintain its control of Congress, and in the 1994 midterm elections Republicans captured both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Partisan disagreements between the White House and Congress marked the remaining six years of Clinton's presidency. In 1998 a special prosecutor issues a report alleging that Clinton had broken the law. The House of Representatives impeached the president, and in 1999 the U.S. tried him for perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton was found not guilty on both counts, but the partisan conflicts did not subside.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. A President Besieged: Report to Congress (1998); White House Response to the Starr Report (1998)
  2. Articles of Clinton Impeachment, House Judiciary Committee (December 12, 1998)
  3. Answer of President William Jefferson Clinton to the Articles of Impeachment (January 11, 1999)
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