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Impeachment Debate and Vote

Compiled by washingtonpost.com staff
Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed two impeachment articles of President Clinton, marking the first time in 130 years that the full House has voted on the impeachment of a president.


Impeachment Slide Show.
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An overview of the Year that led to the House vote on impeachment of President Clinton
Streaming RealMedia4 min.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998

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Livingston to Resign
House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston (R-La.)
"I must set the example that I hope President Clinton will follow, I will not stand for speaker of the House..."
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Democratic Censure Motion
Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri, House Democratic leader
"Our founding fathers created a system of government of men, not of angels. ... Let us step back from the abyss and let us begin a new politics of respect and fairness and decency."
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Article of Impeachment Votes
Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) Speaker Pro Tempore
Announcing the Results

William Jefferson Clinton today became the second president in U.S. history to be impeached. The House voted 228 to 206 to send him to trial in the Senate on charges of perjury before a grand jury.
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Friday, Dec. 18, 1998

The Articles of Impeachment
Paul Hays, House Reading Clerk
"Resolved, that William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate..."
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The Debate Begins
Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill.
"The people's trust has been betrayed. The nation's chief executive has shown himself unwilling or incapable of enforcing its laws for he has corrupted the rule of law -- the rule of law -- by his perjury and his obstruction of justice."
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The Democratic Response
Rep. Richard Gephardt,D-Mo., minority leader
"The events of the last days sadden me. We are now at the height of a cycle of the politics of negative attacks, character assassination, personal smears of good people, decent people, worthy people. It's no wonder to me and to you that the people of our country are cynical and indifferent and apathetic about our government and about our country. The politics of smear and slash and burn must end."
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