Clinton impeachment ends in acquittal

from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 12 Feb 1999

WASHINGTON - It began as an illicit affair. It grew to become a constitutional crisis. It ended Friday afternoon, when the United States Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The first article of impeachment concerned the alleged perjury. Fifty-five senators voted "not guilty," 45 voted "guilty", far short of the 67 votes needed to remove Clinton from office. The vote on the second article of Impeachment was closer. It concerned allegations of obstruction of justice. The senators split evenly 50-50, but again 67 guilty votes were needed in order to convict Clinton.

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