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Impeachment : Clinton, Johnson, Nixon: Previous Impeachment Cases

Washington - Impeachment is the only way Congress can relieve a president. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton faced a trial in the Senate but stayed in office. In another case, Richard Nixon withdrew from impeachment by resigning. The cases at a glance:


Bill Clinton, 1998/1999

The impeachment proceedings against Clinton began in 1998 for trying to cover up his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. The problem was not so much the affair, the course of which was publicly discussed with all sorts of piquant details. Clinton and Lewinsky, then 22, apparently had a relationship that lasted 18 months. Even before that, there had been rumors of Clinton's extramarital affairs. When the affair became known, the president initially denied the relationship - among other things under oath. In July 1998 Lewinsky presented the investigators with a blue dress, which they said had DNA traces of the president. On August 17, 1998, Clinton testified to the grand jury via videotape and used to quibble: When asked whether the statement "There's no sex in any form" was true, the President replied, "It depends on the meaning of the word 'is'. " Formulated in the present tense, the statement is not wrong because there had been no sexual acts at the time the statement was made. However, in the past, the president admitted, there had been "inappropriate acts" with Lewinsky. On the same day, he said in a televised address that he had withheld information. He apologized to the Americans and his wife. The allegations were therefore of perjury and obstruction of justice. Both are reasons for removal from office. The two-thirds majority in the Senate for impeachment was finally clearly missed in February 1999. At the time, 45 senators voted guilty of perjury and 55 against. When it came to obstruction of justice, the score was 50:50, and Clinton could stay.


Richard Nixon, 1974

The Watergate affair is inextricably linked with then President Richard Nixon. The Democrats had their headquarters in the Watergate building complex in the middle of Washington. Five burglars were caught on the night of June 17, 1972 trying to install wiretapping bugs in the party rooms. Research by journalists and investigators ultimately led to the highest levels of government - including the president. It was about serious abuse of government powers. In 1974 Nixon finally resigned and avoided impeachment. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee had decided to make an allegation against the President for eavesdropping on the Democrats. Nixon's resignation came before the House of Representatives vote. A dismissal by the Senate was considered almost certain at the time. Among other things, public opinion had turned decisively against the president in the course of the affair.


Andrew Johnson, 1868

Impeachment proceedings were initiated against Democrat Andrew Johnson in 1868. He had taken office as Vice President after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He faced the challenge of reuniting the nation after the civil war. The Republican majority in Congress was looking for ways to initiate impeachment proceedings. When he tried to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton against his will and installed General Ulysses S. Grant, the Republicans had found their reason. Johnson has been accused of overriding Congress's right to have a say in filling government posts. In the end, only one vote was missing in the Senate for his impeachment. But he then lost the election that followed in the fall.