February 12, 1999Clinton’s the second president to be impeached but stay in office
||“The laws of our Country are applicable to us all, including the President, and they must be obeyed.”
–Kay Bailey Hutchinson,
Senator from Texas
“The Constitution does not say remove the President if he fails to be a good role model for our children.”
Senator from California
What constitutes the “high crimes and misdemeanors” for which the Constitution says officials may be removed from office?
We’ve debated the issue for months, since a private lawsuit, a special prosecutor and President Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern collided to put this presidency in peril.
In December, the House impeached Clinton for lying under oath. Clinton’s opponents say no one is above the law. Defenders say personal lapses aren’t the same as public misdeeds.
Tonight, the Senate voted to acquit. The President stays in office.
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