Main Page | Recent changes | View source | Page history

Printable version | Disclaimers | Privacy policy

Not logged in
Log in | Help

Starr report

From dKosopedia



In 1998, the independent counsel Kenneth Starr sent a report to Congress in which he charged President Clinton with perjury, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and abuse of authority in the Paula Jones lawsuit. The report contained details, sometimes explicit, of President Clinton's personal activites with Lewinsky. Starr was roundly criticized for expanding the investigation beyond its initial scope and for the graphic nature of the report.

President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 1998, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and tried by the Senate in January 1999. President Clinton was acquitted by the Senate on both counts.

The acquittals came about since the charges made against President Clinton did not rise to the severity required for the impeachment and removal of a sitting President since they had nothing to do with his official duties. The wide-ranging investigation basically ammounted to a "witch-hunt" based on the President's personal life.

Republicans suffered a substantial political backlash in the wake of the investigations and impeachment. President Clinton served his last two years in office without any further attacks of a serious legal nature but continued to be criticized by right-wing partisans for the scandals. President Clinton's job approval rating remained high throughout his term even though his personal approval ratings slipped.

In April 1999 Judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in civil contempt of court for misleading testimony in the Jones case but did not press for any criminal charge. Wright referred her ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rather than undergo a review by the Court, President Clinton voluntarily surrendered his Arkansas law license.

Related articles


External links

Retrieved from "http://localhost../../../s/t/a/Starr_report.html"

This page was last modified 04:55, 26 July 2005 by dKosopedia user Lestatdelc. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

[Main Page]
Daily Kos
DailyKos FAQ

View source
Discuss this page
Page history
What links here
Related changes

Special pages
Bug reports