By The Honorable Richard A. Posner
President invoice Clinton's yr of situation, which all started while his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit front pages in January 1998, engendered a bunch of vital questions of felony and constitutional legislation, private and non-private morality, and political and cultural clash. In a publication written whereas the occasions of the 12 months have been unfolding, Richard Posner provides a balanced and scholarly knowing of the problem that still has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the problems and removes misunderstandings bearing on evidence and the legislation that have been suitable to the research through self sustaining tips Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment continuing itself. He explains the criminal definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many attorneys are unusual with. He conscientiously assesses the behavior of Starr and his prosecutors, together with their contacts with the attorneys for Paula Jones and their hardball strategies with Monica Lewinsky and her mom. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the sophisticated courting among private and non-private morality. And he examines where of impeachment within the American constitutional scheme, the professionals and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the most important procedural matters raised through either the impeachment in the home and the trial within the Senate. This publication, reflecting the breadth of Posner's event and services, stands out as the crucial origin for somebody who desires to comprehend President Clinton's impeachment ordeal.
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Extra resources for An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton
Fellatio, he claimed, is not a form of ‘‘sexual relations’’ within the meaning given the term for purposes of the deposition because the person fellated causes contact with the lips of the fellator rather than with any of the body parts listed in the deﬁnition. He acknowledged that fondling Lewinsky would constitute sexual relations within that meaning. And so by denying that he had had ‘‘sexual relations with her,’’ he implicitly but unmistakably denied having fondled her. He denied having lied when he testiﬁed at the deposition that he had not been ‘‘alone’’ with Lewinsky except on a few occasions when she was delivering documents.
453. 23 24 The President’s Conduct ⅐ 29 relationship with Lewinsky involving ‘‘intimate contact’’ of a sexual nature, though he claimed that the ﬁrst sexual encounter had occurred in 1996 and that there had been only one encounter, not two encounters, in 1997. He refused to go into the details of his sexual relationship with Lewinsky, but implicitly acknowledged that she had fellated him. He was emphatic, however, that he had not testiﬁed falsely in his deposition in the Paula Jones case when he had denied having sexual relations with Lewinsky.
S. Code, tit. 18, ch. 79. 39 The catchall provision, note 37 above. The President’s Conduct ⅐ 39 Currie’s, Vernon Jordan’s, and probably Bill Richardson’s help in doing so. One motive was to avert the personal and political disaster that revelation of his relationship with Lewinsky might precipitate; the other was to prevail against Paula Jones and later, after the Independent Counsel became involved, against him. It is impossible, on the basis of the facts as they are known today, to determine with any conﬁdence how large a role the latter motive played in his conversations with Lewinsky and others concerning a job for her.