Before Clinton was elected President he had an encounter with Paula Jones in a hotel room. After Clinton took office Paula Jones then sued Clinton for sexual harassment. A short time later Monica Lewinsky began her intern at the White House. Clinton and Lewinsky began a sexual relationship. Judge Kenneth Starr was the investigator of Whitewater. President Clinton denied any sexual relations with Lewinsky. On October 8, 1998, the House would vote to have an impeachment and won. Clinton was charged with perjury and obstruction to justice. Bill Clinton would end up not getting kicked out of office by senate.
On August 17, 1998, exactly one year after making the statement above, President Bill Clinton prepared to deliver a speech concerning a scandal that had gripped the nation for months. It is needless to say that this was an important moment during the Clinton administration. After accusations of sexual harassment, Clinton addressed the nation and admitted to having a relationship with Monica Lewinsky. In this critical speech Clinton set out to admit to wrong-doings, provide a few reasons for his action, and ultimately persuade the audience into moving on and forgetting the scandal. This essay will break down his speech into sections and examine the most and least effective strategies that Clinton employed and how well he executed those strategies. This is an interesting speech given under rare circumstances. Not since Watergate had an American president been under such harsh moral criticism from the public. By looking critically at this speech we are able to gain valuable insight into Clinton's motives.
The American Presidency has been riddled with scandal since its creation back in the eighteen-hundreds. The men that have held the highest office in the country have each had their own ups and downs, victories and defeats, moments of shame and pride. Modern Presidents are no exception to the repetition of history; both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton’s Presidency have been threatened by scandal. Richard Nixon’s career was destroyed by several scandals but the infamous Watergate Scandal was the apex of it all and Clinton’s career was debilitated by his extra marital affairs and dishonesty. While both Clinton and Nixon were the only modern Presidents to face impeachment, Clinton was the only one of the two whose career survived.
Out of all of the current presidents in our time the most interesting president to explore was President Richard Nixon and out of all of them he was the only one in term to resign. That Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment to be executed to the fullest extent of their nature. His poor choices and decisions led to his resignation. Although he did have some good qualities in helping the U.S. the bad however override the good. In the CRS (Congressional Research Service) It states: “ Obstruction of justice is the impediment of governmental activities. There are a host of federal criminal laws that prohibit obstructions of justice. The six most general outlaw obstruction of judicial proceedings (18 U.S.C. 1503), witness tampering (18 U.S.C. 1512), witness retaliation (18 U.S.C. 1513), obstruction of Congressional or administrative proceedings (18 U.S.C. 1505), conspiracy to defraud The United States (18 U.S.C. 371), and contempt (a creature of statute, rule and common law). Simple perjury in a federal investigation or judicial proceedings carries an extensive fine and up to 5 years in prison.” This was the first article president Richard M. Nixon was charged with by the House of Judiciary Committee. The vote was 27 to 1 for Nixon to be charged with the first article of impeachment, which was Obstruction of Justice. In denial of his liability in part taking in the Watergate scandal by saying he wasn't involved in the scandal He pointed finger at others that were involved in the break-in. However, tapes were found of conversations that proved his involvement and he was going to be impeached. Before he was charged, he made a resignat...
Between 52 year old president, Bill Clinton and 25 year old unpaid intern, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton and Lewinsky began initiating in sexual affairs the same year she entered the white house, she later moves into a paid position within the oval office that same year. In addition, within that year Lewinsky was moved to work in the pentagon due to “inappropriate and immature behavior”. As the time had progressed she shared her affair with Clinton to her fellow colleague in the pentagon, Linda Tripp. This let Tripp to taping all of the conversations she had had with Lewinsky, which would be used against her in court. During a televised speech Clinton denied any initiation with Lewinsky by stating, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”, however further investigation led to charges of perjury, which led to the impeachment of Clinton by the U.S house of Representatives and his and was charges for accounts of perjury and obstruction of justice, taking part in a 21 day trial. Now that the story has been told, you can understand Clinton’s use of Executive privilege. The Clinton invoked the use of executive privilege fourteen times, however he was the first president since Nixon to assert executive privilege and lose in court when a federal judge ruled that Clinton aides could be called to testify in the scandal. Nonetheless, the Clinton administration made
The Watergate Scandal involved a number of illegal activities that were designed to help President Richard Nixon win re-election. The scandal involved burglary, wiretapping, campaign financing violations, and the use of government agencies to harm political opponents. A major part of the scandal was also the cover-up of all these illegal actions. “Watergate, however, differed from most previous political scandals because personal greed apparently did not play an important role. Instead Watergate attacked one of the chief features of Democracy – free and open elections” (Worldbook 1).
...ly disobeyed the guidelines set before him. Watergate “embodied the systemic threat to the Constitution that emanated from the 40-year growth of presidential power since the 1930s.” The assumption of power over the Constitution by presidents such as Nixon endangered constitutional democracy. Furthermore, “A constitutional republic is not a self-executing mechanism. The fuel that drives the system is a complex web of interrelationships: an informed and caring public, a strong, involved Congress, a nonpartisan, independent judiciary, a nonpoliticized bureaucracy, a free press, and open, fair elections. When a president eclipses or dominates these elements of the political system, constitutional government is threatened.” Watergate demonstrated the fragility and vulnerability of the American political system. It revealed a single person’s ability to overcome the law.
Michael J. Gerhardt, “The Impeachment and Acquittal of William Jefferson Clinton”, ed. Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox, The Clinton Scandal: and the Future of American Government (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2000).
Throughout his political career and most recently, the impeachment trial, Representative Frank freely voiced his opinion of the President and his actions with an almost invincible aura emanating with each comment. It is true that Representative Frank emerged as one of Clinton’s strongest defenders, but Representative Frank did not assume the typical role of a completely loyal and faithful supporter. Representative Frank made exhilarating arguments in defense of the President, and he publicly denounced the President’s actions just as quickly when he did not agree with them. By supporting the President in such a fashion, it is hard to imagine why Representative Frank was not constantly under attack, but rather still able to clearly state his opinions to an audience that was still very eager to listen.
None of this would have been much of a problem had Monica Lewinsky had not told Tripp that Bill Clinton and Vernon Jordan instructed her to lie about the affair with Clinton. Supposedly Linda Tripp has Monica alleging this on tape. These tapes if finally released to the public should prove to be quite titillating, Monica Lewinsky claims that Clinton was very fond of oral sex and that she it to him on a number of occasions. It has been alleged by various news organizations that a secret service agent actually caught Lewinsky and Clinton in the act. It has also been alleged that Monica Lewinsky has a blue semen stained dress which, if true, would be direct DNA evidence of the affair. But it still would not prove obstruction of justice. If that was ever proven it could be an impeachable offence, a sexual scandal probably would not lead to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. If not then it will simply be a source of Bill Clinton jokes.
www.freerepublic.com "CLINTON SCANDALS," The Progressive Review Pub. Aug. 12, 2000 Posted on 08/12/2000 01:52:19 PDT by Jim Robinson.
There were a couple facts that I never knew about the incident between President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. First, she had a crush on President Clinton and was not forced in a sexual relationship. Based on how big of a crush she had for him, I think she was the one who influenced their relationship more. Next, I noticed how the furthest sexual action they did was only oral sex. Also, the president stopped Ms. Lewinsky before he ejaculated, which I did not expect. In addition, I also did not know that President Clinton ended their relationship because he wanted to be faithful to his wife starting at the age 40. I honestly do not understand why he would not ejaculate during oral sex, but ejaculate onto one of her dresses. Also, I did not know