President Bill Clinton Impeached

December 19, 1998

Hi, I am 20-year old Ryan Colt. I am a college student at George Washington University studying for a career in politics. Today is February 12, 1999 and I am on my way to classes. I am dressed in my oversized blazer, baggy jeans and am wearing my ball cap backwards. I am listening to my favorite song, "Too Close" by Next when a news bulletin comes on. The bulletin says something about President Clinton being acquitted of impeachment charges.

As I heard more on the radio, I really didn't know what to believe. I decided to dig deeper into President Clinton's actions that lead to his impeachment trials. His impeachment was only the second impeachment trial in American history.

I found out that President Clinton had been sued in 1994 by Paula Jones in a sexual harassment legal suit. Paula Jones needed to prove that Clinton was a harasser so she called Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern to testify that she was in a relationship with the President. Monica had admitted that fact to a friend of hers. Lewinsky denied that fact and Clinton lied under oath that he was involved with Lewinsky.

The Grand Jury was assembled and Lewinsky was offered immunity if she testified. She admitted that she had lied and Clinton later admitted to his affair.

On December 19, 1998 the House impeached President William Jefferson Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The Senate impeachment trial began on January 7, 1999.

On February 12, 1999, President Clinton was acquitted of both charges against him because the Senate could not reach 2/3 majority to convict him so he was able to finish his term of office.

Clinton Impeachment

After learning the facts about the Clinton impeachment, I am angry and feel that he should not have been allowed to finish his term because lying under oath is a crime. I still feel he helped our country economically, but his actions were illegal.