By The Honorable Richard A. Posner
President invoice Clinton's yr of quandary, which all started while his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit front pages in January 1998, engendered a number of vital questions of legal and constitutional legislation, private and non-private morality, and political and cultural clash. In a e-book written whereas the occasions of the 12 months have been unfolding, Richard Posner offers a balanced and scholarly knowing of the challenge that still has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the problems and gets rid of misunderstandings bearing on evidence and the legislation that have been correct to the research by way of self sustaining assistance Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment continuing itself. He explains the criminal definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many legal professionals are strange with. He rigorously assesses the behavior of Starr and his prosecutors, together with their contacts with the legal professionals for Paula Jones and their hardball strategies with Monica Lewinsky and her mom. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the sophisticated courting among private and non-private morality. And he examines where of impeachment within the American constitutional scheme, the professionals and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the main procedural concerns raised by means of either the impeachment in the home and the trial within the Senate. This booklet, reflecting the breadth of Posner's event and services, stands out as the crucial origin for someone who desires to comprehend President Clinton's impeachment ordeal.
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Extra info for An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton
After protracted negotiations, the President agreed to testify before the grand jury over closed-circuit television from the White House. In his testimony26 he acknowledged (unavoidably, in view of the results of the DNA test, which had not yet been announced but which he must have assumed he would ‘‘ﬂunk’’) having had an ‘‘inappropriate’’ For a summary of this litigation, see Appendices, note 1 above, vol. 1, pp. 183–200. , vol. 2, p. 2523. 25 Jones v. Clinton, 990 F. Supp. D. Ark. 1998). 26 Appendices, note 1 above, vol.
1, p. 559. , vol. 1, p. 682. 17 Starr had learned from Linda Tripp not only about the relationship between Clinton and Lewinsky but also that Vernon Jordan had been working to secure a job for Lewinsky with Revlon. That rang a bell. Jordan had previously obtained a lucrative consulting contract with Revlon for Webster Hubbell, the disgraced former Associate Attorney General who Starr believed was withholding knowledge of criminal conduct by the Clintons in the Whitewater matter. It seemed that Jordan might be trying to buy Lewinsky’s silence in a similar fashion;18 Lewinsky herself had in a taped conversation with Linda Tripp expressed concern that someone might draw such a parallel.
The President and Lewinsky engaged in phone sex (a form of mutual masturbation)6 from time to time, and exchanged gifts. And she made occasional visits to his ofﬁce. She would be ushered into his ofﬁce by the President’s secretary, Betty Currie, who tried to conceal these visits, as well as the President’s phone calls to Lewinsky, from the minders. 4 See, for example, the interview and testimony of White House employee Jennifer Palmieri, in Supplementary Materials, note 1 above, vol. 3, pp. 3183–3200.
An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton by The Honorable Richard A. Posner