The Impeachment of President Bill Clinton

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The Impeachment of President Bill Clinton The impeachment of President Clinton is something that will be remembered forever. Along with the fact that a presidential impeachment has only happened one other time since the Civil War, the publicity that came with the Clinton trial was extensive (Miller 2004). While the Republican and Democratic members of the House of Representatives had vastly different views on impeaching President Clinton, the fact that only five Democratic Representatives voted to impeach him truly shows how wide that gap was between the two parties. Clinton was impeached on the grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice, with the vote on both articles extremely close, a 228-206 vote on perjury to a…show more content…
Whatever the merits of that argument, such action is clearly unnecessary. There is no need or justification for us to take this important action in such haste” (Rothenberg and Sanders 2000). In another case, Democrat Rush Holt defeated Republican Michael Pappas in the 1998 contest of New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, but Pappas still cast his vote on the impeachment. Holt believed that Pappas should withdraw his impeachment vote because “it’s a matter of historic significance and he doesn’t have to answer to anybody” (Rothenberg and Sanders 2000). Against Holt’s and many others’ views, Pappas, along with the other thirty-nine representatives in their final term, participated in the impeachment trial while facing no electoral accountability (Rothenberg and Sanders 2000). While the Democrats still could have received some votes from the departing Republican representatives, the chances that enough Republican representatives would vote non-guilty to create a Democratic majority were very slim. In the 105th Congress, the House of Representatives consisted of 227 members from the Republican Party, 207 members from the Democratic Party, and one member who was Independent but sided with the Democrats (Congressional Pictorial Directory). With the fifty-two percent Republican majority, as long as all 227 Republicans voted for the counts of impeaching Clinton, no Democratic votes would be needed. This proved to be the
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