Impeachment – American Crime Story: Bill Clinton’s impeachment in pictures

The latest season of American Crime Story is a dramatisation of Clinton’s 1998 impeachment

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Wednesday 10 November 2021 21:05
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In 1998, Bill Clinton became the second US president to ever be impeached by the House of Representatives.

Impeachment: American Crime Story, the anthology series’s third and latest season, is a dramatisation of the events and proceedings that led to Clinton’s impeachment, and his eventual acquittal by the Senate.

The House of Representatives impeached Clinton on 19 December 1998 on the grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice. That vote was the result of Clinton’s testimony as part of an investigation by independent counsel Kenneth Starr pertaining to Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern.

His trial by the US Senate began in January 1999. Four weeks later, on 12 February 1999, the Senate acquitted Clinton on both charges.

Clinton remained in office until the end of his second term, in January 2001, when George W Bush took office.

Impeachment: American Crime Story aired on FX in the US starting on 7 September. It began airing on BBC Two in the UK on 19 October, with new episodes being broadcast weekly.

Below is a selection of news images chronicling Clinton’s impeachment as it unfolded:

A woman reaches for a copy of Time Magazine on a news stand on 26 January 1998 in New York City

Kenneth Starr, independent counsel, speaks to a Washington, DC police officer as he is escorted away after speaking at a press conference on 22 January 1998

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is escorted by police officers, federal investigators and her attorney William Ginsburg as she leaves the Federal Building on 28 May 1998 in Westwood, California, after submitting new evidence to Kenneth Starr's office

Linda Tripp, confidant to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, leaves the US District Courthouse in Washington, DC on 30 June 1998

Linda Tripp, who secretly taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky, arrives on 9 July 1998 at the US District Courthouse in Washington, DC

Monica Lewinsky is photographed through a window of a car on 28 July 1998 outside of her attorneys’ office in Washington, DC

A photograph showing former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function submitted as evidence in documents by the Starr investigation and released by the House Judiciary committee on 21 September 1998

Newspaper front pages in the UK on 22 September 1998

Members of the House Judiciary Committee discuss articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton on 11 December 1998 on Capitol Hill

A group of people demonstrate to stop the impeachment process against Bill Clinton on 16 December 1998

Bill Clinton addresses the nation on 19 December 1998 after the US House of Representatives impeached him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice

Bill Clinton makes a statement to reporters following his impeachment by the US House of Representatives on 19 December 1998

A man shoulders a portable radio with the words ‘Impeach Clinton’ pasted on its side as the US House of Representatives votes on the articles of impeachment against US president Bill Clinton on 19 December 1998 at the Capitol

This photograph taken at the US Capitol Building on 6 January 1999 in Washington, DC shows an official ticket to watch the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. Out of a total of 596 tickets, only 50 were available to the public. The tickets expired daily and had to be secured each day

Members of the press wait outside the Senate chamber as the impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton begins on 7 January 1999 on Capitol Hill

A group of people exercise on 7 January 1999 at the Manhattan Athletic Club in New York as they watch a live television broadcast of the impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton

US President Bill Clinton speaks to members of Congress during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill on 19 January 1999 in Washington, DC

Reporters in a press room in the US Capitol watch as the videotaped testimony of Monica Lewinsky is played in the US Senate during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton on 6 February 1999

The NBC jumbotron in Times Square displays the ‘not guilty’ verdict on the obstruction of justice charges against Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial on 12 February 1999. The Senate acquitted Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice

Bill Clinton walks to the podium moments before reading a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House after the Senate voted not to impeach him on 12 February 1999. Clinton apologised for the actions that led to his impeachment and subsequent acquittal by the Senate, saying he was ‘profoundly sorry'

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