The Impeachment of Clinton

Bill Clinton’s impeachment stemmed from an investigation by Kenneth Starr, a special counsel who was originally supposed to investigate the Whitewater scandal but shifted his focus to several allegations against Clinton. These allegations included a sexual harassment suit by Paula Jones, an affair with a white house intern Monica Lewinsky, and several recorded tapes of conversations engaging in sexual activity between Clinton and Lewinsky. President Clinton had his origins of sexual harassment back when he was a Governor of Arkansas. On May 1994, an Arkansas state employee name Paula Jones brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton. However the lawsuit was dismissed.

On July 1995, Monica Lewinsky had begun working at the White House as an unpaid intern. In November 1995, Clinton began his affair with Lewinsky, over the course of a year and a half; they had a dozen sexual encounters. Lewinsky told Linda Tripp, a worker at the Pentagon about her affair with the president. Tripp then began secretly recording conversations with Lewinsky about the details of the affair. As soon as this scandal made news, Clinton publicly denied the affair with Lewinsky. When Lewinsky turned in her dress with Clinton’s DNA, he was forced to admit that he had an affair with Lewinsky. On December 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached under the ruling of obstruction of justice and perjury. Clinton became the second president in U.S history to be impeached after Andrew Johnson in 1868.


Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

On February 24, 1868, the House of Representatives voted impeachment to President Andrew Johnson on vote of 126-47. There were eleven articles of impeachment proving his “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

The reason the Radical Republicans wanted to impeach President Andrew Johnson was because in February, 1868, he removed Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, an ally of the Radicals, and replaced him with John McAllister Schofield. This action violated the Tenure of Office Act, which was adopted by Congress in March 1867.

On March 2, the House agreed to the articles of impeachment to him. On May 16, 1868, Andrew Johnson was acquitted on the removal trial by one vote short (35-19) of the two-thirds necessary to remove him. Johnson completed his Presidential term and left office in March, 1869.