Sunday, January 8, 2012
THIS DAY IN HISTORY Jan. 7
On January 7, 1999 the impeachment trial of President William Clinton began. In 1998 Bill Clinton was called to testify in a sexual harassment suit brought against him by former Arkansas employee Paula Jones. In the course of his testimony, he denied having had a sexual relationship with intern, Monica Lewinsky. Ultimately (after media attention, leaks, and news of Lewinsky's upcoming testimony) he made history by becoming the first U.S. president to testify in front of a grand jury in an investigation of his own possibly criminal conduct, finally admitting to having had an “inappropriate relationship” with Lewinsky. One interesting outcome of the scandal may have been Clinton’s defining oral sex as not really qualifying as having sexual relations.