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>> we are presenting a case to impeach the president of the united states. my god, how surreal is this! ♪ ♪ >> previously on "scandalous"... >> i was shocked because i believed him. what mr. clinton did to me was wrong. >> he was the most powerful person on the planet, and she was an intern just out of college. >> if the president's genetic material was on that dress, there would be no denying that the president had not been telling the truth. >> a lot of people thought he was toast. you couldn't survive a scandal like this. >> after investigating the president for 4 years, ken starr's office has finally delivered a report to congress. >> we had no inkling that there was going to be as much graphicness. >> the president has shown to be very evasive, to have very tortured and legalistic definitions of sexual relations. >> it depends upon what the meaning of the word "is," is. did i want this to come out? no. was i embarrassed about it? yes.
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>> the speaker brought down the gavel. it was like a bomb went off in the chamber. >> you don't see a president impeached very often, so this was, you know, huge news. >> by the final month of 1998, the tension inside washington, d.c., was palpable and growing. an intense legal and political battle had been working its way through congress for the past 2 months. at the center of this rapidly evolving spectacle was the president of the united states. >> nobody quite knew how to cover it, but it was a story so intense, so absorbing -- politically, legally, the sexual aspect of it -- that everybody in the press was sort of on high alert at all times. >> it rocked the town. it's a constitutional crisis. >> the impeachment of a president begins with the judiciary committee in the house passing articles of impeachment which then go to the full house of representatives to vote up or down. >> that vote came on
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december 19th. >> when the speaker brought down the gavel, it was a very quiet moment in the chamber. >> the house had passed two articles of impeachment against president bill clinton, whose popularity was at an all-time high of 73 percent. >> the house impeaches, but it's the senate that actually holds a trial and decides whether to convict or acquit. >> the president's fate would now be in the hands of the 100 united states senators. >> i remember the expression on the senators' faces, when they realized, "oh, my gosh. the house has really done this. they've really impeached him. we're going to get this thing." >> and the senate sits as a jury of 100. the chief justice of the united states sits as the presiding officer, and the house impeachment managers are denominated by the house come over and they serve as the prosecutors. >> the house managers, are recommended by the chair of the judiciary committee, in this case, henry hyde. >> the 13 house republicans,
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the so-called impeachment trial managers, have the job, in the senate trial, of making the case for the removal of the president. as they prepare, each is expected to focus on different pieces of evidence in the case against bill clinton. >> while the house managers built their case, it was up to the senate to decide how things would actually work. >> a crucial decision is whether to take direct testimony from witnesses. >> most of our managers believed that we should be allowed to present the evidence, present witnesses, and make a case, but it's ultimately the decision of the senate. >> there are many unanswered procedural questions. >> there's a lot of details -- when we would meet, would we hear from witnesses, would there be witnesses cross-examined? the only senate trial of a president was 130 years ago, when andrew johnson was acquitted. >> they didn't keep the records of how the trial was conducted, so there literally was no manual, no set of rules for how you conduct a trial of a sitting president, and so this was very controversial. >> despite their desire to present evidence and witnesses, the managers quickly realized
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that the senate had other intentions. >> even though it was in republican hands, the senate clearly did not want to dirty its hands with impeachment. >> the house and the senate are just two different institutions, and they were intended to be that way. the old metaphor that george washington used -- the house is the cup of coffee where the coffee is very hot. the senate is the saucer that you pour the coffee into, so it can cool the passions of the house. >> they had a lot more sensitivity to the politics of this i think than we did. >> and the republican leadership kept coming into our meetings tell us, "make this go away. make this go away." >> but even before the procedural details were worked out, the impeachment trial of president clinton began. it was january 7, 1999, exactly one year to the day since monica lewinsky signed an affidavit in the paula jones case denying a sexual relationship with the president. just before 10:00 a.m., the house managers marched from their chamber articles of impeachment in hand. >> we walked over, all 13 of us,
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from the house to the senate in single file, to present the articles and you know a million cameras, and it was, like, the most surreal thing. >> there would be a political fallout to everybody associated with the impeachment trial, but those risks are worth it. it's the future of our country. it's the next generation. it's our kids and our grandkids, and it's somebody looking back on this and saying, "did somebody stand up for what they should have at that moment?" >> mr. president, the managers on the part of the house of representatives are here and present and ready to present the articles of impeachment. >> at 5 minutes after 10:00, house judiciary chairman henry hyde read the articles of impeachment aloud. >> william jefferson clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the presidency, has betrayed his trust as president. >> with chief justice william rehnquist presiding, all 100 senators were sworn in as jurors. >> you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws, so help you god.
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>> that first day was anything from normal. >> the whole atmosphere was surreal. i mean, i did not run for the united states senate to have to deal with an impeachment of a president over perjuring himself about a sexual affair. i work hard to protect this tookus. to take care of any messy situations. and put irritation in its place. and if i can get comfortable keeping this tookus safe and protected... you can get comfortable doing the same with yours. preparation h. get comfortable with it. from capital one.nd i switched to the spark cash card i earn unlimited 2% cash back on everything i buy. and last year, i earned $36,000 in cash back. which i used to offer health insurance to my employees. what's in your wallet?
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or disagreed, because i realized that it was in my lap. as majority leader of the senate, i was going to have to try to figure out, how do we fulfill our constitutional responsibility for a trial? >> january 7, 1999 -- the first trial of a u.s. president for high crimes and misdemeanors in over a century begins. >> it was up to the senate to devise a fair procedure for trial, but nobody could agree on how. >> by late afternoon, hope for bipartisan agreement on trial guidelines began to erode. >> negotiators from both sides floated a plan for an abbreviated trial. >> i took it to the republican conference, and they almost beat me up and threw me out in the hall. they said, "this, you know -- that's not going to work." >> there was a plan, at one point this afternoon, for a vote on those two competing plans at 5:00. >> we gathered all 100 senators in the old senate chamber, and the argument went on for 5 hours. finally, it was proposed that each side nominates someone to go and negotiate privately.
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>> ted kennedy spoke. then senator phil gramm of texas spoke, and, as i listened to it, it sounded like they were saying the same thing, and i said, "that's it, that's how we're going to proceed. we'll go with the gramm-kennedy proposal." >> it was adopted 100 to nothing. well, you couldn't get a vote for mother teresa in the senate 100 to nothing, so this was an amazing thing. >> so i told tom daschle, "you know, maybe we better go upstairs and explain what just happened, what we agreed to." >> just a few moments ago, the senate majority leader, trent lott of mississippi, and the senate democratic leader, tom daschle of south dakota, went before cameras to say, "hope is not lost." >> so we're going down the hall, and he said, "do you really understand what we just agreed to?" i said, "not really, tom, but we did have an agreement." >> after a day of stops and starts, fits and rages, the senate finally figured out how to proceed with the trial of president clinton. >> the one issue they could not agree on was tabled for a later date. >> no preclusion of witnesses and no inclusion of witnesses.
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>> the senate sits largely as a trial jury, and hears evidence presented to it by impeachment managers -- that is the prosecutors -- and then debates and decides whether or not to convict and remove from office. >> the chair recognizes mr. manager rogan. >> opening statements by the 13 house prosecutors began on january 14th. >> chief justice rehnquist called me up to begin my 2-hour opening statement. i walked up to that little lectern, and i looked up and looked across the senate chamber. i will be presenting to the senate evidence against the president to demonstrate he committed perjury. >> my god. how surreal is this? >> his whole story is a fraud. you've got the chief justice of the supreme court behind you. you've got the entire united states senate in front of you. the whole world is watching. here you are presenting a case to impeach the president of the united states. >> for the next 3 days, the managers made their case to the jury of senators
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and the chief justice of the supreme court, but the legislative branch was not one big, happy family. one unsettled matter still caused intense friction between the two houses of congress. >> prosecutors pressed their request to call witnesses later in this trial. >> the senate limited the amount and type of evidence that we could even present. >> not only does the president's claim strain all boundaries of common sense, it is directly in conflict with monica lewinsky's detailed and corroborated accounts of their relationship. >> i was utterly, physically exhausted. we had been going on 1 and 2 and 3 hours' sleep. among the other things the senate did to jack us around was, we'd be in trial all day, and they would not tell us until that evening what they expected to hear the next day. so we couldn't even prepare the trial. >> the white house legal team began their three-day defense of the president on january 19th. >> he didn't commit perjury. he didn't obstruct justice.
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he must not be removed from office. >> the white house team ripped into the house managers and independent counsel ken starr >> they seek to do nothing more than to attack, attack, attack. >> are we at that horrific moment in our history when our union can be preserved only by taking this step that the framers saw as a last resort? >> to the house managers, the answer was a clear yes. >> no matter how rich the person is or powerful they are, they have to play by the same rules. ♪ (woman) candace, two minutes. too late for lunch. starkist saves the day. sweet and spicy tuna in a pouch! smart choice, charlie. (charlie) no drain, no pain. just tear, eat... and go! try all of my tuna, salmon and chicken pouches. but he hasoke up wwork to so he took aleve. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now.
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says he was caught during an espionage operation. if convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison. now back to scandalous, episode seven battle of impeachment began, the clash over whether or not to allow witnesses came to a head. >> the key witness for me was monica lewinsky. i don't know any good lawyer who goes into a deposition or into a trial who doesn't prepare his or her witness. we were concerned, of course, that monica lewinsky might be a hostile witness, somebody who would not be cooperative with us at all, even though she had immunity. so i made the arrangements to meet at the mayflower hotel. at the house managers' request, independent counsel ken starr went to a judge who ruled that lewinsky's immunity deal allows starr to force her to cooperate with congress. >> crushed by cameras, she arrived at a washington hotel after flying in from l.a. even as senate democrats were screaming foul about the way she was summoned. >> yeah, i found her to be warm. she was open
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and very cooperative. after that meeting, i went down, and i made a very simple statement. we just had about a 2-hour, what we would consider to be a productive and very constructive meeting with monica lewinsky. we found her to be a very personable and impressive young woman and a very helpful witness to the senate if she's called. >> the first thing i heard from henry hyde was that trent lott had called him and said if house managers ever spoke to monica lewinsky again other than taking her deposition, there'd be no trial whatsoever. he was quite angry. >> there was a way to get the evidence we needed, but i was not going to let the senate become a circus. >> monica's lawyer argued that calling her as a witness would not result in any new information. >> it is unnecessary to call her as a witness because all of her testimony is fully and completely disclosed. >> but monica was not the only witness that house managers had their eye on. >> on the senate floor, the prosecutors announced a pared-down witness wish list that includes lewinsky,
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clinton friend vernon jordan, and white house advisor sidney blumenthal. >> but the senate majority leader was still pushing back hard. >> i heard from henry hyde that trent lott had told him there would be no live witnesses on the floor of the house. i was appalled by that thought. >> i said, "absolutely not. i will not have monica lewinsky in the well of the senate testifying about the stained blue dress." >> the way he put it is that it would sully the floor of the house to have monica lewinsky there, and we aren't going to have it, it's not gonna happen. >> it's demeaning, it's beneath the dignity of the senate. i don't think it's appropriate, and i'm not going to be a part of it. >> i want to make this very, very, very clear. at no point will we ask any questions of monica lewinsky about her explicit sexual relations with the president. >> i proposed, if the senate tells us they will not let us call witnesses, that we leave the senate chamber and refuse to proceed.
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>> after days of argument and secret deliberations, a senate vote finally shot down the idea of calling live witnesses. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> the senate approved a motion to authorize depositions from three witnesses -- monica lewinsky, clinton friend vernon jordan, and white house aide sidney blumenthal. >> we were all still in a state of disappointment. it was not a climactic day for us as house managers. >> february 12th is the goal for ending the trial, unless, of course, something new and explosive emerges from the depositions. the white house hopes and predicts that will not be the case. house managers hope that it will. >> on february 6, 1999, portions of the videotaped depositions with house managers were played in the senate chamber. for the first time, the world was able to hear from the players themselves, including president clinton's friend vernon jordan... >> were your efforts carried out
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at the request of the president of the united states? >> there is no question but that through betty currie, i was acting on behalf of the president to get ms. lewinsky a job. >> ...and the person many people were most eager to hear from, monica lewinsky. >> i thought to myself -- i knew i would deny the relationship. >> if you believe her, you will see, how the president wove a web of perjury and obstruction of justice. >> it was 24/7. we listened to all the testimony and all the evidence. i'd went and spent 4 or 5 hours listening to monica lewinsky's deposition. it dominated everything. >> two days later, house prosecutors and the president's lawyers made their closing arguments. >> the next morning, the senate shut its doors to the public for 3 days of private deliberations. the historic importance of the proceedings was palpable. >> no staff, no press. >> this is 100 senators. the doors are shut. you're in the room, and it's just you. >> each senator, in turn,
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>> the senate was ready to decide the fate of america's 42nd president. >> the senate meets today to conclude this trial by voting on the articles of impeachment. >> no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present. the question is on the first article of impeachment. senators, how say you? >> each senator stands at his or her desk and announces their vote -- in this case, guilty or not guilty. >> mr. bayh. >> not guilty. >> mr. bayh, not guilty.
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>> when this started unfolding, i thought it might be possible that he would be removed from office. and i counted the votes, and i counted the votes, and they were not there. >> mr. lieberman. >> not guilty. >> mr. lieberman, not guilty. >> i voted for acquittal. there was no evidence, notwithstanding how unacceptable, immoral his behavior was, that bill clinton was unable to continue to effectively carry out his responsibilities as president of the united states. >> what the founders were thinking about, because it was fresh on their minds -- benedict arnold. he committed treason, bribery. >> mr. kerrey of nebraska. >> not guilty. >> mr. kerrey of nebraska, not guilty. >> i didn't think lying about sex and trying to prevent everybody from finding out about it rose to that level. i just didn't. >> we were voting to remove the chief executive officer of the country. other than a vote to go to war, it doesn't get much more serious than that. >> you had an understanding
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of how historic this was. >> at 12:39 p.m., in a robe decorated with gold stripes to signify the historical significance of the proceedings, justice rehnquist read the final results. two thirds of the senators present not having found him guilty of the charges... >> 10 republicans and all senate democrats voted "not guilty" on the charge of perjury. on the charge of obstruction of justice, the senate was bitterly divided and voted down the middle -- 50 senators guilty, 50 not guilty. it is therefore ordered and adjudged that the said william jefferson clinton be, and he hereby is, acquitted of the charges in the senate... >> after 20 long days, the second presidential impeachment trial in the nation's 210-year history was over. >> there was no suspense in the final moment, but it was still a momentous occasion. >> whether you liked the outcome or not, the system worked. he was held to account, and he went back to work, and only in america, i think, can you do things like this.
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>> he's acquitted, but to anybody who cares about the constitution, the rule of law, i would hope it at least gives them a degree of pause. >> the president walked out to the rose garden for a brief statement. >> now that the senate has fulfilled its constitutional responsibility, i want to say again to the american people how profoundly sorry i am for what i said and did to trigger these events. >> there have only been a a couple of things in my life that i could not understand politically... but there were a lot of people that basically kind of said uh this is a personal relationship, so what's the the big problem here? i was horrified. >> to democrats, justice had been served. >> he went on, had a kind of a remarkably normal presidency after that. the times remained good, made a world basically at peace. >> i voted for all three articles of impeachment. thursday of the following week, bill clinton, he's calling me without even mentioning what just happened. and yet he wanted to talk about
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how we do business going forward. i think that's a great credit in many respects to our institution. we did our job. we did it in a way that left us with the ability to go forward, to get some things done for the american people. >> he's going to have to answer the question forever. you know, you were impeached by the house, you were acquitted by the senate, but that's a significant thing to have to carry around for the rest of your life. >> president clinton had put the impeachment trial behind him, but accusations of sexual impropriety would continue to pop up. in an interview conducted by nbc news during the impeachment trial but not aired until two weeks after the president's acquittal, an arkansas woman named juanita broaddrick went public, accusing clinton of sexual assault stemming from an incident in 1978. >> his missteps in the now-settled paula jones case would also continue to haunt him. >> a federal judge, susan webber wright, ruled president clinton in contempt of court for giving intentionally false
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testimony during the questioning in the paula jones sexual harassment case. >> unfortunately for president clinton, his relationship with ms. lewinsky occurred during the time of the paula jones case. the president lied under oath about it and was trying to undermine a federal criminal investigation. >> the judge ordered mr. clinton to pay for ms. jones' legal fees. the judge will refer the information to the arkansas supreme court for appropriate disciplinary action. >> while clinton awaited his punishment for civil contempt, the independent counsel statute hit its 5-year mark and, consequently, its expiration date. >> the reason that that statute was allowed to expire was due, in large part, to criticism of the ken starr investigation. >> we were operating within the specific grant of authority given by the attorney general appointed by president clinton. >> the independent counsel statute was not thereafter renewed with members of both parties feeling that that was the right outcome for that law.
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>> the problem with the independent counsel statute, as a lot of us see it, is that it could go wherever it wanted to, and, to some extent, you can understand it. if they come get evidence that the president lied under oath, even if it's related to a sordid affair, then you probably do have an obligation to go after it. >> that's why you hear president trump criticizing bob mueller and saying his investigation is too broad, going into areas that he shouldn't. i think there was a reaction against special counsels after the clinton impeachment. that's why we don't have the statute anymore. >> the independent counsel statute was terminated, but the three-judge panel agreed to let them finish out their investigations. the highly politicized investigation, however, would need a new leader. >> i was not appointed for life. i didn't want to continue serving. i also knew that there was a very important decision ahead, and that is -- should the president, when he leaves office, be indicted for one or more possible crimes? and i didn't think that i should be the one to make that decision.
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>> that decision would be made by robert ray, an experienced independent-counsel member and, unlike starr, a career prosecutor. >> i had been a federal prosecutor in the u.s. attorney's office for the southern disctrict of new york. >> i'm just very pleased that the special division, i think, very wisely, chose a career prosecutor, and i think that's going to help de-politicize all this. i certainly hope that it does. >> tasked with concluding several ongoing cases, ray quickly got down to business. >> the independent counsel is seriously investigating whether to indict president clinton after he leaves office. robert ray is said to be looking into the same issues that were involved in the impeachment case. >> the second most important mandate, of course, was the requirement that final reports be filed with regard to all of the then-pending investigations. >> it has been about 7 years now since the white house travel office staff was fired. independent counsel robert ray announced the evidence was not strong enough to warrant charges. >> my job, under the statute,
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was to promptly conclude the investigation, but that meant that there was a significant remaining thing to be done in releasing to the public final reports with regard to whitewater, the travel office, lewinsky. >> as ray's reports were being printed, the president was hit with potential penalties from a surprising place -- the arkansas supreme court. a disciplinary committee of the court recommended that president clinton be disbarred due to serious misconduct in the paula jones case, but it would be up to the new independent counsel to determine just how much president clinton would have to give up. >> the biggest remaining decision to be made was this question about whether or not the president would face obstruction-of-justice and perjury charges once he left office. after months of wearing only a tiger costume, we're finally going on the trip i've been promising. because with expedia, i saved when i added a hotel to our flight.
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>> more than a year after independent counsel robert ray inherited the clinton investigation from kenneth starr, he invoked a grand jury to determine whether clinton should be indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice after leaving office. >> fair-minded people recognized that just because the issue of impeachment had been resolved didn't mean that that resolved the question about whether or not it was appropriate to bring criminal charges. >> by pure chance, ray bumped into the president at the army navy country club in washington, d.c., on a rope
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line on the 18th hole. >> i said, "hello, mr. president, i'm bob ray. very pleased to meet you," and he goes right on to the next person. i could tell he didn't know who i was, and any time you're in the zone of the president, the secret service is monitoring the conversations, and they were clearly monitoring, and somebody knew who i was. later that evening, the headline was -- "president disses his prosecutor." >> the next time ray would meet the president, it would be on a more serious matter, and it would be in secret. >> i said, "we're going to have to do this in such a way where i can, you know, get in and out of there without being seen." >> two days after christmas, under the cover of darkness, robert ray and two members of his staff were smuggled onto the white house grounds in the back of clinton attorney david kendall's car so as not to tip off the press. >> in order to work out a deal that was in the public interest, this is a big deal. showing up at the white house in order to address the question of a criminal investigation involving the president of the united states. >> they were quietly whisked
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into the white house map room, the very same room where president clinton had famously split hairs over the meaning of "is." >> well, i had my 15 minutes with the president in which i laid out -- "these are all the things that need to be accomplished. if those things are accomplished, it is in the country's interest that i decline prosecution." >> in those 15 minutes, a deal was hammered out, and all of the remaining loose ends were neatly tied up. >> i remember saying to the president, "i think these are fair terms." he didn't, frankly, see it that way. i stood up to go, and everybody started to, you know, gather, and i hear this voice out of the corner of the room. he said, "hey, have you been out to play golf since that day at the army navy country club?" very bill clinton moment. >> president clinton gave his farewell address on january 18, 2001. >> my fellow citizens, tonight is my last opportunity to speak to you from the oval office as your president. >> the next morning, 6 1/2 years after the investigations began, independent counsel robert ray announced that they had come to
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an end. >> president clinton has acknowledged responsibility for his actions. he has admitted that his conduct was prejudicial to the administration of justice. the nation's interests have been served, and, therefore, i decline prosecution. >> it was bill clinton's last full day as president. as part of the deal, he agreed to a 5-year suspension of his arkansas law license and to pay $25,000 in court costs. this matter is now concluded. may history and the american people judge that it has been concluded justly. >> my successor, mr. ray, made a very important determination. no charges would be brought for certain enumerated offenses against him as a private citizen. >> he signed a plea bargain that, in exchange for not being indicted on his first day out of office, he admitted everything that i prosecuted him for,
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that he lied under oath. >> he had to pay a substantial $700,000, $800,000 civil penalty and had, you know, millions of dollars in legal expenses that he had to pay. so it's not as if, you know, he got off, you know, with no consequences whatsoever. >> typical of a clinton, it didn't hold him down. he's lived a pretty good life ever since. >> bill clinton had the potential to be a great president, but the great flaw in his presidency was character, the temptation not to come clean with the american people. >> one day after the whitewater case was closed and less than 2 hours before president-elect george w. bush took formal possession of the white house, president clinton granted clemency to more than 100 americans. >> and they said, "you've been pardoned," and we just couldn't believe it. >> among those pardoned was susan mcdougal, his former whitewater business partner. >> it was a great day. >> she played a key role in some
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of the whitewater fraud cases and then famously kept her mouth shut, went to jail, never talked. >> while, on the one hand, you condemn her for not being honest, you have to just recognize the incredible loyalty that was involved. >> missing from the pardon list were her former co-defendants, ex-arkansas governor jim guy tucker and susan's husband jim, who had died in prison. former deputy attorney general webster hubbell was also snubbed. >> president clinton later says, in his book, "i wish i had pardoned jim guy and webb, but i didn't." >> you know, i hadn't petitioned for a pardon, but it meant a lot for bill clinton to acknowledge that he knew that i had not done anything wrong. >> she now works as a chaplain, advocating for better treatment of female prisoners. >> i was older than most of the women there, for one thing, and better educated. and these were kids who had been molested, raped, beaten, starved, eating out of trash cans.
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>> the president also exonerated his half-brother roger who, in 1985, had pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine, as well as former c.i.a. director john deutch, who pleaded guilty to mishandling classified materials, media heiress patty hearst, and financier marc rich. >> the marc rich thing should have been enough to spark the outrage of a country. he was on the fbi's most-wanted list, his ex-wife was an active heavy donor to the clintons. >> well, the press corps rose up in shock -- "oh, my god! how could he do this?" well, if you were reading the wall street journal, you weren't surprised. >> rich's pardon became the subject of both congressional and criminal inquiries. a few months later, in a new york times op-ed defending his final act as president, bill clinton would write, "overwhelmingly, the pardons went to people who had been convicted and served their time." >> but, in the end, as is always the case with the clintons, they would get away with it, and they did.
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>> back in the pre-monica days of 1997, when it seemed that the independent counsel's investigation was winding down, judge kenneth starr had been in talks to take a job at pepperdine university. >> by the time monica lewinsky came, and the attorney general authorized that, i was eager to be at the pepperdine university school of law, but history has strange turns. >> he finally took that job as dean of the law school in 2004 where he remained until becoming president of baylor university 6 years later. in 2016, judge starr left baylor in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving members of the university's football team. >> he lied to that grand jury. >> while many of the house impeachment managers remained in congress, california representative james rogan was seen as the fist casualty of impeachment backlash,
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losing his seat in the next congressional election. >> knowing that i was going to lose my election, would i have still voted to impeach the president? the answer is yes. you don't want to live in a country where a president believes that, "i can lie under oath or obstruct justice," and it not be a one-way ticket out of the white house. >> the man who defeated him and still holds the seat is democratic congressman adam schiff, who now finds himself vigorously pursuing investigations into another controversial president. >> and i'm still waiting for the my beloved former constituents of the 27th district in california to send me an apology note but the day's not over yet. though it may not have seemed possible at the time, eventually, the scandal that almost toppled presidency faded into the background for all involved. >> president clinton has gone on to do some really terrific things on a global scale. monica has gone on to do some great things, obviously on a smaller scale, but they both have moved on. >> the former first lady, of course, elevated her profile
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as senator from new york and secretary of state, but in her quest to move back into their former home on pennsylvania avenue two decades later, ghosts of her husband's past continued to haunt her. >> she's married to a man who is the worst abuser of women in the history of politics, and hillary was an enabler, and she treated these women horribly. >> women who had accused her husband of sexual improprieties in the 1990s would become political weapons of her opponent in 2016 even as similar accusations followed him. >> bill clinton was abusive to women. hillary clinton attacked those same women. >> the impact it had can never be truly known. >> it unquestionably contributed to hillary's loss in 2008. it may have contributed to hillary's loss, as well, in 2016. i have women in new york who blamed her for his indiscretions. it had an impact on her. >> it's unfortunate right now, as we speak, that she's probably most thought of for a disappointing campaign for president in 2016.
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but she did a great job as a first lady as a senator, and as secretary of state. >> bill clinton went on, obviously, to, you know, have a perfectly great post-presidential career, and she's, you know, forever going to be monica lewinsky who had an affair with the president, and it's really sad. >> after decades of silence, monica lewinsky has re-emerged, determined to have a different ending to her story. >> i do remember hearing the stories about how her mother had to stay up with her all night because she thought she would kill herself. i mean, it was awful. >> after the suicide of a harassed rutgers university student, monica decided to use her story as a positive force and speak out against cyber-bullying. >> now, i admit i made mistakes, but the attention and judgment that i received, not the story, but that i personally received, was unprecedented. i was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo,
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and, of course, "that woman." >> lewinsky has always maintained that her relationship with president clinton was one between two consenting adults. she says it was the public shaming in the wake of the events that changed her life. >> i was seen by many but actually known by few, and i get it. it was easy to forget that "that woman" was dimensional, had a soul, and was once unbroken. >> what surprised me about monica is how well she's done after kind of being under all this pressure, how she has reinvented herself and made herself a success. >> ironically, monica's former co-worker linda tripp had found herself in a very similar situation after the scandal broke. ostracized, alone, and tormented by the caricature that she was portrayed as in the media day after day.
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>> i looked at those images and realized how far i had fallen. i didn't recognize myself, honestly. i thought central casting couldn't have cast a better villain. >> rather than combat the white house and the constant media barrage, linda tripp simply hunkered down for years. >> i was so ill prepared for the level of scrutiny, and i had expected virtually every mom and dad to be as outraged as i was by his behavior toward this young girl. >> linda's childhood boyfriend turned out to be a source of encouragement for her. >> he saw these horrific pictures and the horrible depiction of me in the media and immediately called my mother to offer support. it took me 2 years to take him up on it, but, after 2 years, we connected back in germany, and we've been together ever since. >> the two married in 2004 and live a quiet life in northern virginia's horse
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country. together they run a shop in middleburg called the christmas sleigh and have seven grandchildren between them. she still struggles with the way she went about exposing the affair but is confident that it was the right decision. >> i would have wanted someone to do it for my daughter had she been in such a horrific situation, and i'm glad i did it. >> after virtually disappearing from the public eye, linda now feels duty-bound to speak out. >> the history is inaccurate. it gave bill clinton a pass. it is even more relevant today because i think his actions and the consequence he did not pay influenced the next 20 years and how society views abuse of women. it is important to speak out. i have come to learn that i most certainly was a whistle-blower, and i have to tell you that i believe there are hundreds of whistle-blowers out there who are too fearful to come forward because they don't want to become the next linda tripp.
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>> i don't think president clinton got away with anything, and i take no pleasure in saying this. i want our president to succeed. i have a distinct memory of dan rather saying to me, "you and president clinton have something in common. when you both die, the word 'impeachment' will be in your obituary," and i said, "dan, i don't have that in common with him," and he looked at me funny. he said, "what do you mean?" i said, "i won't be ashamed of it." >> for the past 20 years, the clintons were the show that would not end. through senate races in new york, two more presidential campaigns, and a tumultuous tenure as secretary of state, distrust of the clintons has continued to permeate many corridors of power in washington. all of those doubts were seeded with the whitewater investigation and grew into the high drama of impeachment. to this day, there are still questions that have never been
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answered. nobody really understands what vince foster knew. the magical reappearance of the rose law firm billing records has never been fully explained, and the public has never seen the full-draft indictments in the whitewater investigation, but, for the women who accused bill clinton and even hillary clinton of wrongdoing, the crusade has continued. time has passed, and the lens through which the clinton years is judged has a new focus. today the shadows of the clinton scandal still loom over our nation's capital. they can be read in every press release and every angry response. they can be heard in the partisan denunciations that come from 2 decades of shading the truth. and they can be felt in the mistrust that so many people share for our institutions. the legacy of those years is scandalous.
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♪ >> previously on "scandalous"... >> whitewater development only had four business partners -- jim and susan mcdougal, bill and hillary clinton. >> i did not testify before the grand jury because i did not trust the prosecutors. >> the mcdougals and the governor of the state of arkansas, jim guy tucker, were convicted. >> today, the american people have spoken. >> there was this woman who used to work in the white house named linda tripp. >> linda tripp and monica lewinsky were friends. >> monica was in love with the president. >> she told me all sorts of things. >> linda tripp had been taping her phone calls. >> this is paula jones. >> it's just humiliating what he did to me. >> this case is going all the way up to the supreme court.


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