CLINTON IMPEACHED

House Votes For 2 Articles in Historic Decision

Article 1 Passed 228-206
Article 2 Defeated 229-205
Article 3 Passed 221-212
Article 4 Defeated 285-148

William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States of America, was impeached by the House of Representatives at 1.19pm Eastern Time on Saturday 19th December 1998.

HouseClinton is only the second president to be impeached and the first elected president to ever be impeached. President Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 and subsequently acquitted in the Senate by one vote. President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before the House voted on 3 articles of impeachment passed by the Judiciary Committee.

The vote on the first article of impeachment was passed following the defeat of a motion that would have allowed a motion of censure to be moved against the President. The vote was 230-204. The article accuses Clinton of committing perjury before a Grand Jury.

The second article of impeachment, alleging Clinton committed perjury in the Paula Jones sexual harassment law suit was defeated by 229 votes to 205.

The third article, alleging obstruction of justice, was carried 221-212, whilst the fourth article, alleging abuse of power, was easily defeated by 285-148.

The votes followed a walkout by the Democrats who assembled on the steps of the Capitol building and denounced the House proceedings as unfair.

Clinton will now go to trial in the Senate in the new year. The Senate has the power to remove him from office.

The decision to impeach the President followed a dramatic morning which saw the Speaker-designate, Bob Livingston, announce that he would not be contesting the position and is leaving the Congress.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi capital of Baghdad was the scene of further air strikes by American and British fighter planes.

House Impeachment Votes – Dec 1998
Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Article 4
Republicans
Aye
223
200
216
147
Nay
5
28
12
81
Democrats
Aye
5
5
5
1
Nay
201
200 + 1
199 + 1
203 + 1
Total
Aye
228
205
221
148
Nay
206
229
212
285

 

These are the two Articles of Impeachment passed by the House of Representatives.

Articles of Impeachment Passed by the House of Representatives

December 19, 1998

Resolved that William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:

Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.

ARTICLE I

In his conduct while President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has willfully corrupted and manipulated the judicial process of the United States for his personal gain and exoneration, impeding the administration of justice, in that:

On Aug. 17, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before a Federal grand jury of the United States. Contrary to that oath, William Jefferson Clinton willfully provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury concerning one or more of the following: (1) the nature and details of his relationship with a subordinate Government employee; (2) prior perjurious, false and misleading testimony he gave in a Federal civil rights action brought against him; (3) prior false and misleading statements he allowed his attorney to make to a Federal judge in that civil rights action; and (4) his corrupt efforts to influence the testimony of witnesses and to impede the discovery of evidence in that civil rights action.

In doing this, William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President, and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore, William Jefferson Clinton, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

ARTICLE III

In his conduct while President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice, and has to that end engaged personally and through his subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or scheme designed to delay, impede, cover up and conceal the existence of evidence and testimony related to a Federal civil rights action brought against him in a duly instituted judicial proceeding.

The means used to implement this course of conduct or scheme included one or more of the following acts:

(1) On or about Dec. 17, 1997, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly encouraged a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him to execute a sworn affidavit in that proceeding that he knew to be perjurious, false and misleading.

(2) On or about Dec. 17, 1997, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly encouraged a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him to give perjurious, false and misleading testimony if and when called to testify personally in that proceeding.

(3) On or about Dec. 28, 1997, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly engaged in, encouraged or supported a scheme to conceal evidence that had been subpoenaed in a Federal civil rights action brought against him.

(4) Beginning on or about Dec. 7, 1997, and continuing through and including Jan. 14, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton intensified and succeeded in an effort to secure job assistance to a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him in order to corruptly prevent the truthful testimony of that witness in that proceeding at a time when the truthful testimony of that witness would have been harmful to him.

(5) On Jan. 17, 1998, at his deposition in a Federal civil rights action brought against him, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly allowed his attorney to make false and misleading statements to a Federal judge characterizing an affidavit, in order to prevent questioning deemed relevant by the judge. Such false and misleading statements were subsequently acknowledged by his attorney in a communication to that judge.

(6) On or about Jan. 18 and Jan. 20-21, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton related a false and misleading account of events relevant to a Federal civil rights action brought against him to a potential witness in that proceeding, in order to corruptly influence the testimony of that witness.

(7) On or about Jan. 21, 23 and 26, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton made false and misleading statements to potential witnesses in a Federal grand jury proceeding in order to corruptly influence the testimony of those witnesses. The false and misleading statements made by William Jefferson Clinton were repeated by the witnesses to the grand jury, causing the grand jury to receive false and misleading information.

In all of this, William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President, and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore, William Jefferson Clinton, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

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