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Affair of State : The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton

Affair of State : The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674003910

ISBN13: 978-0674003910
ISBN10: 0674003918
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1999
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Affair of State : The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674003910

Richard A. Posner

ISBN13: 978-0674003910
ISBN10: 0674003918
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice for Best Book of the Year, 1999

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, 2000

President Bill Clinton's year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict.

In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a balanced and scholarly understanding of the crisis that also has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the issues and eliminates misunderstandings concerning facts and the law that were relevant to the investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment proceeding itself. He explains the legal definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many lawyers are unfamiliar with. He carefully assesses the conduct of Starr and his prosecutors, including their contacts with the lawyers for Paula Jones and their hardball tactics with Monica Lewinsky and her mother. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the subtle relationship between public and private morality. And he examines the place of impeachment in the American constitutional scheme, the pros and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the major procedural issues raised by both the impeachment in the House and the trial in the Senate. This book, reflecting the breadth of Posner's experience and expertise, will be the essential foundation for anyone who wants to understand President Clinton's impeachment ordeal.

Author Bio

Posner, Richard A. : University of Chicago Law School

Richard A. Posner is Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae
Chronology
Introduction
The President's Conduct
Prosecution and Defense
The History, Scope, and Form of Impeachment
Morality, Private and Public
Should President Clinton Have Been Impeached, and If Impeached Convicted?
The Kulturkampf
Lessons for the Future
The Balance Sheet
Acknowledgements
Index

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