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“I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky..” With that now infamous quote from President Bill Clinton, so began one of the highest profile sex scandals in U.S. presidential history.

The Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair started in 1995, after Lewinsky was hired to work as a White House intern during Clinton’s first term. When the affair began to cool, Lewinsky was transferred to work at the Pentagon.  There she confided about her presidential affair to co-worker Linda Tripp.  Tripp told the story to the media and independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

After Bill Clinton’s famed public denial of the affair, wife Hillary Clinton stood by her husband during an appearance on the Today Show when she also famously claimed the accusations were the product of a “vast, right–wing conspiracy” that had been going after her husband since he was elected.

Upon turning over to the independent counsel a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky said was proof the liaison, and after several months of investigation, the president admitted to having an “improper physical relationship” during taped grand jury testimony.

Charged with perjury, the House of Representatives deemed Clinton to have committed an impeachable offense. Articles of Impeachment were brought against him in 1998. Following a 21-day trial, Clinton was acquitted of all charges and remained in office to finish his second term.

The Bill Clinton scandal certainly was not history’s first presidential indiscretion. Chief executives from Jefferson to Franklin Roosevelt, Eisenhower to Kennedy had their peccadilloes. But the Lewinsky affair was symptomatic of the mean-spirited, gotcha politics that now permeates our society. This was another opportunity for the political right to seize on an opportunity to discredit a member of the opposition. Yes, Clinton did indeed have sex with that woman. But taking it to the level of impeachment proves that Hillary’s theory was also correct.

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