Were The Whitewater Hearings A Persecution By Republicans Or A Justified Inquiry?

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Were the Whitewater Hearings a persecution by Republicans or a justified inquiry?

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman." was one of Bill Clinton’s famous political one-liners. In the past decade, many people have made it their mission to prosecute Democratic President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton for committing real estate fraud known as the Whitewater scandal and his involvement in numerous illicit sex scandals like the Paula Jones lawsuit and the Monica Lewinsky lawsuit to name a few. The significance of the Whitewater trials and the impeachment of the president is that it served as an example for future presidents and assured the people that the president is subjected to the law, not above it. If he violates the law, he can be prosecuted. It was a matter of challenging the fact that the president was the single target in this case by an independent counsel. The multifaceted history of Whitewater is significant because only two U. S presidents have ever been impeached till this date. The first president to be impeached was Andrew Jackson in 1868. Jackson was accused of conspiring against congress and the constitution. Jackson was acquitted by a single vote. The second president to be impeached was William Jefferson Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice. It should be noted that the term "impeach" is the term for a lawsuit to remove a person from office such as the president. However in Clinton 's case, he was in fact impeached,…
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