The most controversial headlines today focus on the President of
The United States, Bill Clinton. These headlines have nothing to do with
his Foreign policies, deficit control, or the United States budget spending
rather focus specifically on the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and the
impeachment hearings. Currently President Clinton faces impeachment
hearings. Due to certain allegations caused by the so-called, "sex
scandal". In the history of the United States only two prior presidents
faced impeachment. In both cases a conviction was never accomplished,
making this particular case very sensitive. Such an issue must be
approached very carefully and treated with great importance. Andrew
Johnson was the first president to be impeached, but he was not convicted
by one vote(Sexton 89). Richard Nixon also faced impeachment hearings,
but resigned his office as president to avoid the trial (Drew 79). The
act of presidential impeachment being rare to our nation , the process
itself needs to be further clarified and certain questions need to be
answered. Is impeachment a remedy to the situation ? Should the president
be impeached and convicted?
The impeachment process is part of the checks and balances of our
government. The power of impeachment allows congress to remove the
president out of office. In this particular case if Bill Clinton is
convicted, he is thrown out of office, and Vice President Al Gore replaces
him as President. The U.S. constitution explains impeachment as the removal
from office for , and conviction of treason , or bribery , or other high
crimes and misdemeanors (Gerberg ,28 ). Impeachment protects the
citizens of the nations from a chief executive that is involved in criminal
activities . A committee in the House of Representatives brings forth
allegations towards the president in the form of articles . If the majority
of the house votes to impeach , then the senate tries the president and
needs a two - third vote in order to convict ( Sexton 88 ). In the
investigation against President Clinton the House approved impeachment
hearings by a 258 - 176 vote (The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal 1). A small
perce ntage of democrats joined the republican majority (The Clinton-
Lewinsky Scandal 1). The trial is then conducted by the senate, if the
president is found guilty of the articles brought forth against him , he is
forced out of the presidency.
President Clinton's impeachment investigations began with what was
so called the Monica Lewinsky " sex scandal " . In 1997 the relationship
between Monica Lewinsky began to unravel. The President of the United
States is still considered a human being and makes mistakes . The
activities of two consenting adults should not lie the concern of the
public , but the individuals and their families . President Clinton is not
the first President to be involved in an affair , and will not be the last .
If such action is a primary reason for impeachment , there were many
presidents prior to Clinton who should have been impeached if that were the
case. Making impeachment a very common issue . The public and congress
should be mainly concerned with the president achieving his presidential
duties . John F. Kennedy was one of the most liked presidents even after
the public was aware of his affairs
In President Clinton's case a conspiracy against him may exist
that resulted in the impeachment hearings. After the tapes were released,
Monica Lewinsky was shown to be the aggressor . In one of the tapes Monica
Lewinsky repeats what she told the president , "you can't refuse me,
because I'm to cute and adorable."(Finally, the world hears Lewinsky 2).
The president is only a man , and when a female is throwing herself at him
in that manner, it is very hard to resist. She also kept a stained dress
for three years proving that her motivation was of a destructive nature.
Monica Lewisky and her friend Linda Tripp gained a lot of fame and money
due to this scandal. Monica Lewinsky was also scheduled to appear on Oprah
as a guest on the show. That appearance was not possible because of the
monetary issue brought up by Lewinsky. Her main concern was the money and
ruining the president's reputation. It could also been perceived as a
conspiracy because of the FBI involvement , and the reluctant Ken neth
Starr. The FBI involvement was in the recording of Linda Tripp's
conversation with Lewinsky. Special prosecutor Starr wanted to ruin
President Clinton from the beginning , and now he has his opportunity.
After several years of investigating into the presidents history and coming
out empty handed ,Starr finally had the largest sex scandal of the ninety's.
The allegation of perjury is a very strong factor in the
Impeachment trial. The president was believed to have lied on national
television, when responding to the sex scandal. Any family man accused of
such a scandal will most likely deny it as well. Imagine a family man with
the stature of the president with everything to lose. The president should
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