Impeachment – American Crime Story: Everything you need to know about the series

Anthology series tackles Clinton’s 1998 impeachment in new season and cast includes Clive Owen and Edie Falco

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Wednesday 10 November 2021 20:49
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Impeachment: American Crime Story trailer released

Impeachment: American Crime Story is a dramatisation of the events that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.

The anthology series previously dedicated its first season to OJ Simpson’s murder trial, and its second instalment to the killing of Gianni Versace.

Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on 19 December 1998 on the grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice. This stemmed from testimony he gave pertaining to his affair with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, and independent counsel Ken Starr’s resulting investigation.

His Senate trial took place over four weeks between January and February 1999. On 12 February, the Senate voted to acquit him on both charges. The 42nd US president thus remained in office until the end of his second term in January 2001.

Clinton is portrayed by Clive Owen in Impeachment. Beanie Feldstein stars as Monica Lewinsky, while Sarah Paulson portrays Lewinsky’s confidante and affair whistleblower Linda Tripp.

The series began airing in the US on 7 September on FX. Ten episodes aired in total on a weekly basis, and the show wrapped up on 9 November. It is now available to stream in the US on Amazon Prime Video for a fee.

The show started airing in the UK on Tuesday October 19 at 9:15pm on BBC Two. Episodes are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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