The Lewinsky Scandal, 1998

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Literature Review: The Lewinsky Scandal, 1998
For the past few centuries, political scandals have become a permanent fixture in US politics. Most recently, when we think of scandals in American politics the 1998 Clinton-Lewinsky Affair comes to mind. Though unlike its predecessors this scandal was not one of constitutional crises such as Nixon’s Watergate in the 1970s, but it instead concerned the extramarital affairs of the then incumbent president, William J. Clinton. Bill Clinton, as he is more commonly known by, was elected as the 42nd US President in 1993 and served the maximum two terms in office, ending in 2001. Under Clinton the American economy benefited greatly and financial stability became more of a reality for many. However Clinton’s presidential legacy is also marked by his affair with Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment. He had become the second sitting president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The Lewinsky affair shocked the public and the media along with the right wing were keen to see Clintons demise. Washington became even more vicious as political opponents of the President pursed him to no extent. Though officially he could not be charged for having an affair, he could be held accountable for lying under oath and misleading the jury during a trial. Clinton’s adulterous affair split opinions and became a talking point for all. Many accounts were written about the Lewinsky affair, all with differing viewpoints on the

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