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Archives for December 1998

Henry Hyde’s Letter To Trent Lott Regarding Impeachment Trial

Following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton by the House of Representatives, Henry Hyde wrote to Senator Trent Lott regarding arrangements for the trial.

Hyde was Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Lott was the Republican Senate leader.

Text of Henry Hyde’s letter to Senator Trent Lott.

Dear Majority Leader Lott:

The press has recently reported a great deal of speculation about how the Senate may organize and conduct a Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton. The twelve other managers and I have discussed this matter at great length, and as the parties who must present and manage the case for conviction and removal on behalf of the House of Representatives, we fully agree with your remarks that “We (the Senate) need to go forward and do our constitutional duty to hear the evidence.” However, we have concerns with your proposal that the parties call no witnesses during the Senate’s consideration of the articles. We are also concerned with your proposal that you might foreclose any trial if the House position fails to get a two-thirds vote on a preliminary motion before the Senate has even had a full airing of the evidence. This proposal effectively grants one-third of the Senate the power to decide whether there will be any airing of the evidence. [Read more…]


Impeachments In The United States 1798-1998

The table shows impeachments in the United States since 1798.

The list includes presidential, executive, congressional and judicial impeachments.

Impeachments in the United States 1798-1998
No. Official Office Year Impeached Outcome
1 William Blount Senator (TN) 1798 Charges Dismissed
2 John Pickering District Judge (NH) 1803 Convicted
3 Samuel Chase S.Ct. Justice 1804 Acquitted
4 James Peck District Judge (MO) 1826 Acquitted
5 West Humphreys District Judge (TN) 1862 Convicted
6 Andrew Johnson President 1867 Acquitted
7 William Belknap Secretary of War 1876 Resigned/Acquitted
8 Charles Swayne District Judge (FL) 1903 Acquitted
9 Robert Archbald Court of Appeals (3d Cir) 1912 Convicted
10 George English District Judge (IL) 1926 Resigned
11 Harold Louderback District Judge (CA) 1932 Acquitted
12 Halsted Ritter District Judge (FL) 1936 Convicted
13 Harry Claiborne District Judge (NV) 1986 Convicted
14 Alcee Hastings * District Judge (FL) 1988 Convicted
15 Walter Nixon District Judge (MS) 1988 Convicted
16 Bill Clinton President 1998 Acquitted



* Alcee Hastings is now a member of the House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 23rd District. His web site is here.


Statement by President Clinton Following House Impeachment Vote

Following his impeachment by the US House of Representatives, President Bill Clinton made a public statement.

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Statement by President Bill Clinton, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives.

Let me begin by expressing my profound and heartfelt thanks to Congressman Gephardt and the leadership and all the members of the Democratic caucus for what they did today.

I thank the few brave Republicans who withstood enormous pressures to stand with them for the plain meaning of the Constitution and for the proposition that we need to pull together, to move beyond partisanship, to get on with the business of our country. [Read more…]


House Set To Impeach Clinton; Livingston Decides To Not Contest Speaker’s Position

For the first time since 1868, an American President is facing impeachment by the House of Representatives.

The House is expected to vote within hours to support at least one of the four articles of impeachment passed last week by the Judiciary Committee.

As the air strikes continue against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, Clinton faces the most important vote of his political career. Impeachment will mean that the president will be sent for trial in the Senate. A two-thirds vote there can remove Clinton from office. [Read more…]


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. [Read more…]


Operation Desert Fox Begins – Impeachment Vote To Be Delayed

In a move that has met with broad support from American politicians from both sides, the United States today launched air attacks on Iraq.

Baghdad

The military strike, named Operation Desert Fox, is a combined operation of the United States and British military forces.

In a televised speech at 6pm, Eastern Time in the US, President Bill Clinton said that the purpose of the strike was to “attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbours.”

Clinton said: “Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

“Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.”


Clinton Facing Impeachment By U.S. House of Representatives

This week's TIME Magazine CoverPresident Bill Clinton is facing near-certain impeachment by the 435-member House of Representatives.

Debate on 4 articles of impeachment passed by the House Judiciary Committee last Friday and Saturday is due to commence at 1am Friday AEST.

The Republican Party holds 228 seats in the House, compared to the Democrats 206. There is one independent who generally votes with the Democrats. To stave off impeachment, Clinton requires the support of at least 10 Republican members of the House. With 2 days before the vote is scheduled to take place, his chances appear to be diminishing by the hour as so-called “moderate” Republicans announce their voting intentions. His most recent apology appears, if anything, to have damaged his prospects even further with wavering Republicans. [Read more…]


Clinton Announces Operation Desert Fox – Impeachment Debate Delayed

In a televised address, President Bill Clinton has announced Operation Desert Fox, a strike against military and security targets in Iraq.

The impeachment debate in the House of Representatives has been delayed.

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Text of President Bill Clinton’s Address to the Nation on Operation Desert Fox.

Good evening.

Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons. [Read more…]


Ministerial Guidelines 1998 – Howard Government

This is the official guide to ministerial responsibility issued by the Howard government in December 1998.

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David Schipper’s Report to the House Judiciary Committee

The following is the text of the report to the House Judiciary Committee from David P. Schippers, the committee’s chief investigative counsel in the impeachment inquiry.

Report by David Schippers to the House Judiciary Committee.

On Oct. 5, 1998, I came before this Committee to advise you of the results of our analysis and review of the Referral from the Office of the Independent Counsel. We concluded that there existed substantial and credible evidence of several separate events directly involving the President that COULD constitute grounds for impeachment. At that time I specifically limited my review and report to evidence of possible felonies. In addition, I asserted that the Report and analysis was merely a litany of crimes that MIGHT HAVE been committed. [Read more…]