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This is an archive of Washington Post news and feature stories from December 1998 about the accusations against President Clinton. Links to coverage from other months are on the News Archive page.

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From Thurssday, December 31

Lott Circulates Plan for Weeklong Senate Trial
Leaders of conservative groups as well as House Republican prosecutors are resisting a plan for an expedited impeachment trial that is being circulated by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

From Wednesday, December 30

House 'Managers' Chart Strategy for Senate Trial
The House-appointed prosecutors in President Clinton's impeachment said they are preparing to mount a full-scale trial in the Senate that could include public testimony from major witnesses in the case.

A Birthday Wreath for Andrew Johnson

From Monday, December 28

Senators Envision a Quick and Early Clinton Trial
Key senators say the Senate trial of President Clinton could begin within days after Congress reconvenes Jan. 6 and conclude swiftly, possibly with a tough censure although perhaps without a financial penalty.

Hastings Knows That Sinking Feeling
McCurry Clarifies Remarks on Clinton

From Sunday, December 27

Americans Struggle Over New Standards
The sharply divided public reaction to the impeachment of President Clinton has provided a dramatic showcase of a struggle for American values that goes back to the 1960s and remains unresolved today.

From Saturday, December 26

Moynihan Supports Censure
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who had not previously revealed his position, said in a published report that he favors censure of the president.

From Thursday, December 24

DeLay Urges Senators to Read Sealed Evidence
Republicans remained divided over whether President Clinton should be censured. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay called on senators to "spend plenty of time in the evidence room" before agreeing to a deal.

For Process-Servers, 1998 Was Nirvana
Clinton Warmly Welcomed in Baltimore
Will the Senate Trial Be Televised?


From Wednesday, December 23

Momentum For Censure Growing in the Senate
Momentum for punishment short of removing President Clinton appears to have gathered strength in the Senate.

Gore Steps Up as Clinton's Chief Defender
Allies: Clinton Relied Too Much on Polls
Democrats Rage at Rep. Goode
Campaign Manager on Two Burton Payrolls

From Tuesday, December 22

Byrd Cites Possibility of Avoiding Senate Trial
Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), an influential authority on the procedures of the Senate, opened the door to a compromise resolution of the impeachment of President Clinton, but pointedly warned the White House not to try to broker a censure deal.

Gephardt's Rhetoric Connects
Trial's Managers Chart an Uncertain Course
A New Role for High Court's Taskmaster

From Monday, December 21

Clinton Team Considers Legal Fight Against Trial
The White House is seriously weighing a legal assault on the legitimacy of President Clinton's impeachment by a lame-duck Congress, arguing that the new House of Representatives that convenes in January must revisit the matter and approve new articles before a Senate trial.

Poll: Punish Clinton, Don't Remove Him
GOP Moderates Face Consequences of Vote
For This President, It's Impeachment Lite
Reporters, Questioning Themselves

From Sunday, December 20

Clinton Impeached
The House of Representatives impeached the president of the United States Saturday for only the second time in American history, charging William Jefferson Clinton with lying under oath and obstructing justice to cover up an Oval Office affair with a young intern.

Image: Sunday's Front Page
Clinton: Vows to Finish Term
The Day: Not a Washington Novel
Livingston: Resigns, Urges Clinton to Follow
New Speaker: Hastert the Front-Runner
The Debate: A Crystallizing Moment
Analysis: Reality Meets Rhetoric
Censure: Obstacles in Senate
The Parties: An Ever-Widening Chasm
Text of Clinton's Statement
Text of Livingston's Statement | Video
Excerpts: More of Saturday's Statements
Reactions: D.C. | Nation
Local Delegation: Sticking to Party Line
Television: A Nation Stunned To Silence
Kornheiser Column: Bill's Next Gig
Larry Flynt: The Barers of Bad News
Slick Willie: Nickname Proves Hard to Slip
Sex: The Sinner of Attention
Low Point: View from the Capitol Basement

From Saturday, December 19

Partisan Bitterness Infuses Historic Debate
The House of Representatives debated whether to impeach a president for the first time in 130 years and split sharply along party lines about whether the ultimate constitutional punishment fits the nature of President Clinton's alleged crimes.

White House Attacks Credibility of Process
On the Hill, 9 Approaches to History
Democrats, GOP Clash Over FBI Documents
Morella Opposes Impeachment
GOP Support for Livingston Appears Solid
Shales: Tuning In to the All-Day Talk Show
Analysis: In Debate, House Stands Divided
Democrats Feel Bitterness of Minority
Bizzare Calm Envelops Capitol
McCurry Had His 'Doubts'
'60s Culture Clash Underlies a New Crisis
Larry Flynt, Investigative Pornographer
They Still Swear It's Not About Sex
So Much News, So Little Time
Original Jones Lawyers Seek $874,571
With Capital in Panic, Pizza Deliveries Soar
Text: Excerpts From the Debate
Text: First Lady Urges Reconciliation

From Friday, December 18

Debate to Begin; Livingston Admits Infidelity
House Republicans decided to open debate on the impeachment of President Clinton even as U.S. forces continued to attack Iraq and the new GOP leader, Speaker-designate Bob Livingston (La.), acknowledged his own past sexual "indiscretions."

Another 'Surreal' Day on the Hill
Analysis: Civility at Breaking Point
The Articles Explained
Livingston's Past Becomes an Issue
Full Text: Livingston's Statement
White House Angry About GOP Charge
Clinton Keeps a Full Schedule
Lott Retreats From Criticism of Airstrikes
GOP Fence-Sitters Go Down to the Wire
Clinton Foes Plan Resignation Drive
Democrats Angered by Inevitable
Rally for Clinton Draws New Voices
Key Black Supporters Question U.S. Attack
Area Lawmakers Join Public Debate
LaHood to Preside Over Debate
Speaking With Ear to Future
Rep. Barney Frank, Minority Wit
At White House, Parties Must Go On
Text: Gephardt Statement at Rally
Thurs. Statements on Iraq, Impeachment

From Thursday, December 17

Divided Republicans Reschedule Debate
Returning to Washington poised to impeach President Clinton, House Republicans postponed this morning's climactic floor session after vigorous debate about whether delay would play into the hands of a White House on the verge of defeat.

This Time, Politics Beyond Water's Edge
Iraq Bombing Fuels Impeachment Fire
Decided & Undecided: Dividing the Capitol
In Poll, Most Expect House to Impeach
Committee Report Condemns President
Calm in the Center of the Storm
Scaife Denies Ties to 'Conspiracy,' Starr
The Doubts of a Fervent Ind. Conservative
Local Lawmakers Making Decisions
Celebrities Rally Against GOP 'Coup'


From Wednesday, December 16

Clinton's Chances Dimming in House
President Clinton's chances of fending off impeachment deteriorated dramatically as key uncommitted Republicans declared that they will vote against him when the House opens its historic debate this week.

White House Options Dwindling
DeLay: GOP's Enforcer Propelled Process
'Moderates' Plod Paths to Decision
Dole Offers Censure Plan
Similar Predicaments in Mideast, Congress
2,000 Jam Shays's Town Meeting
Holdout Morella Could Be Key for Clinton
Schippers: Panel's Passionate Persuader
Voters, Interest Groups Give House Earful
For Lame Ducks, Last Vote for History
For Teachers, Topic A or Off the Topic?
A High School's Lesson in Democracy
Online, Off the Fence
Magazine Hopes House Moves Quick

From Tuesday, December 15

Gore, Clinton Make Pleas for Compromise
President Clinton and Vice President Gore publicly appealed to House Republican leaders to consider any "compromise" to head off the fateful impeachment vote.

Poll: Public Conflicted on Clinton, Impeachment
'We Just Want This Mess to Go Away'
A Primer on the Impeachment Process
Many Scholars Say Censure Is an Option
Capitol Communication Networks Strained
Impeachment: From Fringe to Center
GOP's Mistrust Fuels Impeachment Drive
Will GOP Pay at Polls? Views Vary
Pundits Pulling Their Punches?
Impeachment Diary: On the Fence

From Monday, December 14

GOP Leaders Urge Resignation; Clinton Refuses
House Republican leaders called on President Clinton to step down to spare the country the tumult of impeachment. But the president had made clear he would not even consider resigning.

Scandal Shadows a Weary Clinton
Censure Backers Turn Efforts to the Senate
Undecided Lawmaker Faces Barrage
House GOP Moderates Waver
Livingston's Vow of Comity at Risk
Rev. Jackson to Lead Impeachment Protest
Media Notes: Monica and the Other Woman

From Sunday, December 13

GOP Blocks House Censure Alternative
The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment alleging that President Clinton abused his power by lying to Congress, and Republican leaders immediately blocked a Democratic censure alternative from being introduced when the full House takes up the articles.

Partisanship Carries the Day in Committee
Andrew Johnson: Parallels to a Point
Starr Denies Misconduct in New Letter
Some D.C. Area Republicans Undecided
Va. Lawmaker Plays Key Role in Hill Drama
At White House, Tainted Tours
10 Questions and Clinton Answers That Led to Article IV
Tony Kornheiser: The Clinton Show

From Saturday, December 12

Committee Recommends Impeachment
A torn and troubled House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend the impeachment of President Clinton just nine minutes after he made a hastily arranged appearance in the Rose Garden to declare himself "profoundly sorry" and ready to accept a rebuke short of leaving office.

On the Hill: Long, Solemn Debate
At the White House: A Plea for Censure
Analysis: An Unsparing Condemnation
Text: Clinton's Rose Garden Statement
Text of Articles, Committee Roll Call Votes
Reaction: Rest of World Yawns Over Drama
Proceedings Bring a Flood Of Phone Calls
Rep. Barr Rejects Segregation Supporters
Hyde Defends His Praise of Abortion Foe
Impeachment Diary: Eau de Judiciary
The Democrats' Last Don't-Ditch-Him Effort
Reliable Source: Best Performances

From Friday, December 11

Debate on Impeachment Opens
The House Judiciary Committee opened formal debate on whether to impeach President Clinton after hearing a multimedia legal presentation that brought the voices of some of the scandal's central players into the chambers for the first time.

White House Lobbies for Censure
Counsels Play to Uncommitted Members
Barr Spoke to White Supremacy Group
Senate Chair Favors Ending Counsel Law
Arguments Tailored For the Video Age
GOP Conflicted Over Impeachment Fallout
Analysis: A No-Holds Barred Attack
The Judiciary Chairman's Trying Times
Vote Tops Bono's Year of Decisions
Va.'s Moran to Vote Against Impeachment
On Capitol Hill, Fear of Trying
TV Networks Wait and Prognosticate
Starr's Office Watches Vigilantly
Lawyer Denies Having Tripp Tapes

From Thursday, December 10

Republicans Draft 4 Impeachment Articles
Unmoved by the White House defense case, the Republican majority on the House Judiciary Committee is forging ahead with four proposed articles of impeachment against President Clinton.

GOP, White House Battle for the Middle
Constitution at Heart of Clinton Defense
The Panel: 37 Actors Try to Write a Script
Prosecutors: Perjury Case Has Little Merit
A Southern City Leans to Impeachment
'Background Noise' for Hyde Constituents
For Calif. Crowd, Issue Is Unappetizing


From Wednesday, December 9

Clinton Team Shifts From Offense to Defense
The White House, recasting its defense strategy to appeal to critical moderate Republicans, acknowledged that President Clinton's conduct with Monica Lewinsky was "sinful" and his testimony about it "maddening," but argued he should not be forced from office as a result.

Analysis: Debate Returns to Core Issues
Day of Dialogue Aimed at Key Voting Bloc
Clinton's Defense to Count Votes
White House Prepares Lame-Duck Defense
It's Bad – But Is It Watergate?
Analysis: GOP Quiet on Larger Issues
Gingrich Says He'll Stay on Sidelines
Area's House Members Mum on Clinton Vote
Tom Shales: Heckle-and-Hyde Performance
All Impeachment, All the Time
Plain English Guide, Impeachment Edition

From Tuesday, December 8

Defense: Impeachment Is Not Warranted
The White House will call more than a dozen witnesses before the House Judiciary Committee to make the case that President Clinton's conduct in the Monica S. Lewinsky scandal was indefensible but not impeachable, essentially arguing that this is no Watergate.

Aides Debate What Else Clinton Can Do
Profiles: Two Lawyers Used to Defense
For GOP Moderates, It's Up to Clinton
Witness List: Long on Theory, Short on Facts
From Style: The Lost Art of Lying

From Monday, December 7

White House Offered Two-Day Defense
The House Judiciary Committee offered the White House 30 hours over two days to present its defense of President Bill Clinton but made clear it would stick to its planned schedule of starting the impeachment debate this week.

From Sunday, December 6

GOP-Led Panel Likely to Back Impeachment
Although the GOP's disappointing showing in last month's election seemed to doom the chances of presidential impeachment, what many members see as President Clinton's arrogance and lack of repentence have made it far more likely that the House will approve at least one article.

Committee Weighs Evidence, Proper Role

From Saturday, December 5

White House Open to Deal on Impeachment
The White House signaled that President Clinton might be willing to pay a fine as part of a censure deal to avoid impeachment, as his lawyers demanded that the House Judiciary Committee postpone next week's votes to give them time to mount an extensive defense.

Starr Team Cleared of Blocking Call

From Friday, December 4

Panel's Focus Returns to Lewinsky Matter
Judiciary Committee Republicans closed their new investigation into President Clinton's campaign fund-raising, clearing the way for a possible vote next week on impeachment articles relating to the Monica S. Lewinsky matter.

Espy Case Raises Criticism of Counsel Law
Rigid Rules Would Govern Senate Trial

From Thursday, December 3

House Panel Schedules White House Defense
White House lawyers are tentatively scheduled to present a defense of President Clinton to the House Judiciary Committee on December 8, two days before the panel plans to begin its impeachment deliberations.

Hyde Takes Lead – and Heat – in Hearings
Analysis: Revisiting Fund-Raising Questions
A Pale Ghost of Scandals Past

From Wednesday, December 2

New Twist Brings More Bitterness to House Panel
The House Judiciary Committee opened a new front in its impeachment inquiry against President Clinton, voting in a rancorous session to examine allegations of Democratic fund-raising abuses. Democrats assailed the move as an eleventh-hour "fishing expedition."

Panel Duels Over Question of Perjury
Analysis: Strategy is GOP's Elusive Target


From Tuesday, December 1

GOP Divided as Impeachment Inquiry Widens
As Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee debate how to proceed on articles of impeachment against President Clinton, the panel Monday announced plans to launch an investigation into alleged fund-raising abuses by Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign.

Perjury Charge Looms for Willey Witness
Va. Democrat Prepared to Repeat History

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