This day in history: US president Bill Clinton is impeached

This day in history: US president Bill Clinton is impeached

- Bill Clinton was impeached on this day in 1998 for his sexual misconduct with Monica Lewinsky

- The former president initially denied the affair but later admitted to the encounters

- He was impeached but allowed to finish his term in office and redeem himself in the eyes of the American public

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On this day in 1998, US president Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives. This was after the president admitted to having an affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

Monica Lewinsky started working as an intern in 1995 during Clinton's first term in office. A relationship developed between the two later in that year. The affair lasted for a year and a half and Lewinsky claimed to have had nearly a dozen intimate encounters with the president.

This day in history: US president Bill Clinton is impeached

This day in history: US president Bill Clinton is impeached
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In April 1996 Lewinsky was transferred to the Pentagon. She told her co-worker, Linda Tripp, about the affair. Tripp began to secretly record the details.

In December 1997, Lewinsky was subpoenaed during the Paul Jones case, in which Jones, a state employee, accused Clinton of sexual harassment. In early 1998, Lewinsky was allegedly persuaded by Clinton to sign an affidavit which stated that she did not have a sexual relationship with him. Tripp then released the taped conversation to the FBI, who promised Lewinsky immunity if she co-operated.

Clinton then publicly denied having had a relationship with Lewinsky. On 6 August 1998, Lewinsky gave testimony before the grand jury. Clinton testified a week later and was the first president to ever have appeared before the grand jury on charges of misconduct. He admitted to the affair with Lewinsky.

An impeachment inquiry was set in place, and on 19 December 1998, the House of Representatives impeached Clinton. He was able to complete his term of office.

Current US president Donald Trump is facing a similar fate after he was impeached recently. Briefly.co.za reported that the US House of Representatives voted to formally impeach President Donald Trump. The embattled Trump said the action by the lawmakers is actually targeted at ordinary Americans.

Trump is charged with obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with the Ukraine. The first article charges that the president used his public office to coerce a foreign government into attacking his political rival.

Specifically, Trump is accused of pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation into the president's political rival and former vice president, Joe Biden. Biden is a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race.

READ ALSO: Former minister predicts impeachment of Donald Trump will fail

President Donald Trump becomes the third president to be impeached in US history (after Bill Clinton and André Jackson).

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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