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PRESIDENT WILLIAM J. "BILL" CLINTON - TYPESCRIPT SIGNED - HFSID 272016

BILL CLINTON Bill Clinton signs a typescript in blue ink. Typescript signed: "William J Clinton", 1p, 5¾x2¼ slip, affixed to 6½x3¼ black cardstock. Printed text of a

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BILL CLINTON
Bill Clinton signs a typescript in blue ink.
Typescript signed: "William J Clinton", 1p, 5¾x2¼ slip, affixed to 6½x3¼ black cardstock. Printed text of a famous excerpt from a televised Presidential press conference of January 26, 1998: "But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time - never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you." President Clinton, dogged by allegations of sexual impropriety extending back to his years as Governor of Arkansas, had while in the White House a relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, which included oral sex but not sexual intercourse. Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, empowered by Congress to investigate alleged financial malfeasance by the President and Mrs. Clinton - the so-called "Whitewater" affair - began to investigate Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky after Linda Tripp, a "friend", taped their conversation about the affair. President Clinton's press conference statement was true only if one adopted a very narrow definition of "sexual relations", as Clinton acknowledged on August 19, 1998, admitting to an "inappropriate" relationship with Lewinsky. The report of the Starr Commission, issued that September, concluded that Clinton had perjured himself in statements to lawyers of another accuser, Paula Jones. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives then voted (December 11-12, 1997) impeachment of President Clinton on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice. Trial commenced in the U.S. Senate on January 7, 1999, Chief Justice William Rehnquist presiding. On February 12, with a 2/3s vote needed to remove the President from office, the Senate voted 45 yea to 55 nay on the perjury article, 50-50 on the obstruction of justice charge, with 10 and then 5 Republicans joining their 45 Democratic colleagues in voting to reject the articles of impeachment. President Clinton thus remained in office to complete his term, the second President after Andrew Johnson (1868) to survive a Senate trial. (President Nixon had resigned in August 1974 on the eve of a likely House vote of impeachment.) Public opinion polls showed strong approval ratings for the President (60% and above) throughout this ordeal. Fine condition.

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