These Pictures Show Just How Messy The Clinton Impeachment Was

On Dec. 19, 1998, President Bill Clinton became the second president in US history to be impeached. He was acquitted on all charges in 1999 after the Senate failed to obtain the two-thirds majority required to convict him.

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In September 1998, independent counsel Ken Starr, tasked with investigating the Clintons' real estate ties with the Whitewater Development Corporation, released his report detailing several instances during the investigation in which President Bill Clinton had potentially lied under oath when he was confronted with accusations of an extramarital affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

On Dec. 19, 1998, Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury under oath and obstruction of justice. He became the second president, after Andrew Johnson, to be impeached. He was the third, after Richard Nixon, in which articles of impeachment were brought before the House. With the trial set for January 1999, the following weeks were a cultural circus in which the impeachment proceedings and news of the president's affair dominated politics and pop culture. On Feb. 12, 1999, following a monthlong Senate trial, Clinton was acquitted of all charges after the Senate failed to obtain the necessary two-thirds majority vote for conviction.

These pictures capture the events that transpired on Capital Hill during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and the profound cultural impact that these events had on the US public.

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The front pages of national newspapers in London, Sept. 22, 1998.

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Bill Clinton, wagging his finger, denies having an affair with Monica Lewinsky during a childcare event with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jan. 26, 1998.

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White House press secretary Joe Lockhart fields questions from the media, Oct. 8, 1998.

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JournaIist Matt Drudge (right) talks to Rep. Bob Barr on Capitol Hill after the House of Representatives voted to proceed with impeaching Clinton, Oct. 8, 1998. Drudge was one of the first reporters to publish the rumors that Clinton was having an extramarital affair.

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Protesters wave signs calling for Clinton's impeachment, Oct. 29, 1998.

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In front of the House steps, US Capitol Police transfer boxes containing independent counsel Ken Starr's 445-page report to the Ford House Office Building, Sept. 9, 1998.

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Starr is sworn in on Capitol Hill on Nov. 19, 1998, prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing.

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Photographers take pictures of attorney David E. Kendall and White House counsel Charles C. Ruff before the House Judiciary Commitee hearing regarding articles of impeachment against Clinton, Nov. 19, 1998.

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Left: Rep. Steve Buyer rubs his face during the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry, Dec. 12, 1998. Right: Rep. John Conyers, then the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, rubs his eyes before the committee begins a debate over whether to begin a presidential impeachment inquiry, Oct. 5, 1998.

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Bar patrons in Martha's Vineyard watch President Clinton deliver his speech to the nation in which he admits to a relationship with Lewinsky, Aug. 17, 1998.

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A US soldier watches the debate on Clinton's impeachment at the Camp Eagle military base near Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dec. 19, 1998.

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Viola Flythe sorts letters addressed to members of Congress at the House of Representatives post office, Dec. 15, 1998.

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From left: House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Clinton reads a statement outside the Oval Office after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him, Dec. 19, 1998.

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Approximately 1,000 people at an anti-impeachment rally in Los Angeles, Dec. 16, 1998.

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Left: A protester carries an anti-Clinton sign in Washington, DC, Dec. 19, 1998. Right: The word "impeach," a picture of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a US flag hang on a Park Avenue building in New York City, Sept. 14, 1998.


Actor Jack Nicholson speaks at an anti-impeachment rally in Los Angeles, Dec. 16, 1998.

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Protesters hold signs, including one portraying Starr, outside the US Capitol, Dec. 17, 1998.

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Demonstrators argue with each other after the House of Representatives voted to approve two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, Dec. 19, 1998.

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After watching Clinton's State of the Union speech, demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil during a rally on the UCLA campus to protest his impeachment, Jan. 19, 1999.

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Tickets for the Senate trial against President Clinton are displayed on Capitol Hill, Jan. 6, 1999.

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A line of spectators wait to get into the Capitol building on Feb. 12, 1999, for the final day of the Senate impeachment trial.

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People exercise at a Manhattan Athletic Club in New York City and watch a live broadcast of the impeachment trial of President Clinton, Jan. 7, 1999.

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Congressional aides carry boxes of impeachment documents from the House to the Senate, Jan. 13, 1999.

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Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is swarmed by reporters as she returns to the Mayflower Hotel after meetings with her attorneys in Washington, DC, Feb. 2, 1999.

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Reporters in the Senate Press Gallery watch the recorded testimony of Monica Lewinsky as it plays in the Senate, Feb. 6, 1999.

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Reporters watch a monitor playing Lewinsky's testimony, Feb. 6, 1999.

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The NBC jumbotron in Times Square displays the "not guilty" verdict on the obstruction of justice charges against Clinton, Feb. 12, 1999.

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A woman reads newspaper headlines announcing Clinton's acquittal in Sacramento, Feb. 13, 1999.

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Clinton on his way to make a statement on the conclusion of his impeachment trial, Feb. 12, 1999.

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