Was President Bill Clinton impeached?


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President Bill Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives on Dec. 19, 1998. Clinton's impeachment trial was held in the Senate, where he was acquitted of all charges on Feb. 12, 1999.

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The impeachment charges against Clinton arose from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into his conduct during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Paula Jones lawsuit. Starr submitted his findings to Congress in a document nicknamed "The Starr Report." The House's vote to impeach Clinton was almost totally along party lines. A two-thirds majority of votes in the Senate was necessary for conviction, but the prosecution fell significantly short on both charges.

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