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Impeaching the President
Impeaching the President

On January 7, 1999 the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton opened in the United States Senate.

In this section, you can read and listen to NPR coverage of the trial.


Friday, February 12, 1999: Senate to Vote on Impeachment Articles
Read NPR Online Coverage of the day's events.
See how each senator voted on the two articles of impeachment.
Listen to senators cast their ballots on the perjury charge.
Listen to the U.S. Senate vote on the article of impeachment alleging obstruction of justice.

Thursday, February 11, 1999: Senate Poised to Acquit
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Wednesday February 10, 1999: Impeachment Deliberations Continue
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Tuesday, February 9, 1999: Impeachment Deliberations Will be Closed
Read NPR Online Coverage of the day's events.
Listen to the Senate deliberations and votes on opening the final deliberations to the public.
Listen to NPR's Neal Conan, Nina Totenberg, and Daniel Schorr discuss the day's votes.
Listen to NPR's Special wrapping up the day's events.

Monday, February 8, 1999: Closing Arguments in Impeachment Trial
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Listen to six of the Republican managers make their closing remarks.
Listen to White House counsel Charles Ruff give his concluding arguments.
Listen to NPR commentary after the White House counsel presents closing arguments.
Listen as House manager Bill McCollum, (R-Florida), presents some final thoughts.
Listen as House manager Charles Canady, (R-Florida), presents some final thoughts.
Listen as House manager Ed Bryant, (R-Tennessee), presents some final thoughts.
Listen as House manager Asa Hutchison, (R-Arkansas), presents some final thoughts.
Listen as House manager James Rogan, (R-California), presents some final thoughts.
Listen as House manager Lindsey Graham, (R-South Carolina), presents some final thoughts.
Listen as House manager Henry Hyde, (R-Illinois), presents some final thoughts.
Listen to NPR analysis of the day's events as well as statements by some senators.

Saturday, February 6, 1999: Videotaped Depositions are Played in Senate
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Listen and watch Senate proceedings and analysis from NPR of the day's events.

Friday, February 5, 1999: Transcripts of the Videotaped Depositions are Released
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Read transcripts of the depositions from Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sidney Blumenthal.

Thursday, February 4, 1999: Senators Vote on Witnesses and Playing the Depositions at the Trial
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Listen to the reading of the motion on witnesses.
Listen as House managers make their case for witnesses.
Listen as White House attorney Greg Craig makes the case against witnesses.
Listen to NPR coverage of the motions and voting on live witnesses, videotaped testimony, and closing arguments.

Wednesday, February 3, 1999: Sidney Blumenthal Deposition
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Tuesday, February 2, 1999: Vernon Jordan Deposition
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Monday, February 1, 1999: Monica Lewinsky Deposition
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Thursday, January 28, 1999: Senators Try and Compromise on "End-Game"
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Listen to NPR coverage of the Senate vote on witness depositions.
Listen to a description of the proposal and the roll call votes.
Listen to NPR analysis of the votes.
Listen to Senators Tom Daschle, (D-South Dakota), and Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont) talk about the vote.

Wednesday, January 27, 1999: Senators Vote Against Dismissal, For Witnesses
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Listen as the senators vote on the motion to dismiss the charges against the president.
Listen as the senators cast their ballots on a motion to question witnesses.

Tuesday, January 26, 1999: Senators Debate Dismissal Motion
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Listen as the sergeant at arms reads the motion for witness interviews at depositions.
Listen as House manager Bill McCollum, (R-Fla.), urges the Senate to "request the appearance" of President Clinton at a deposition.
Listen as Rep. Ed Bryant, (R-Tenn.), talks about possible testimony from Monica Lewinsky.
Listen as Rep. Asa Hutchison, (R-Ark.), talks about why Vernon Jordan should be called to testify.
Listen as House managers continue their arguments and NPR commentary.
Listen as White House counsel David Kendall argues against witnesses.
Listen as the House managers wrap up their arguments.

Monday, January 25, 1999: Senators Debate Next Steps
Read NPR Online Coverage of the day's events.
Listen to NPR's wrap-up special highlighting the day's coverage.
Listen to NPR's coverage of the beginning of the proceedings.
Listen to NPR's coverage of the arguments for and against dismissal.
Listen to House manager Charles Canady, (R-Florida), argue against dismissal.
Listen to House manager Asa Hutchison, (R-Arkansas), argue against dismissal.
Listen as White House attorney, Nicole Seligman argue for dismissal.
Listen to the last hour of NPR coverage as House managers argue against the motion to dismiss and then the senators deliberate and vote on rules about publicly debating the motion to dismiss the case.
Listen to NPR analysis at the end of the public session.
Listen to NPR's call-in program hosted by Ray Suarez during a recess in the proceedings.

Saturday, January 23, 1999: Senators Continue Questioning
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Listen to the entire day of questioning.
Listen to the first session of questioning.
Listen to the second session of questioning.
Listen to the third session of questioning.
Listen to an NPR special call-in show, hosted by Ray Suarez.

Friday, January 22, 1999: Senators Begin Questioning Both Sides
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Listen to the first hour of questioning.
Listen to the second hour of questioning.
Listen to the third hour of questioning.
Listen to the fourth hour of questioning.
Listen to NPR analysis of the day's proceedings.
Check out our section with excerpts and audio of individual questions and answers.

Thursday, January 21, 1999: White House Defense Wraps Up Opening Presentation
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Listen to NPR's coverage of the day's proceedings.
Listen to an NPR special wrap-up program of the day's events.
Listen to President Clinton's personal attorney, David Kendall focuses on five of the alleged episodes of obstruction of justice.
Listen as David Kendall wraps up his presentation.
Listen as former Democratic Senator Dale Bumpers wraps up the opening presentation.

Wednesday, January 20, 1999: Day Two of White House Defense
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Listen to NPR's entire special coverage of the day.
Listen to an NPR special wrap-up program of the day's events.
Listen to the first hour as White House counsel, Greg Craig, refute the House manager's arguments.
Listen to Greg Craig's second hour of defense.
Listen to Cheryl Mills defend the obstruction of justice charges.

Tuesday, January 19, 1999: White House Attorneys Begin Defense
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Listen as White House Chief Counsel Charles Ruff sharply attacks the conclusions and motives of the 13 House prosecutors.
Listen to the second part of Ruff's presentation in which he discusses the charges against the president.

Saturday, January 16, 1999: Prosecutors Wrap-Up Presenation, Continue to Call For Witnesses
Read NPR Online Coverage of the day's events.
Listen to NPR Coverage special wrap-up coverage of the third day of the impeachment trial.
Listen to an NPR special call-in show, hosted by Ray Suarez.
Listen to Rep. Steve Buyer, (R-Ind.), talk about the constitution and how it relates to the case.
Listen to NPR analysis of Buyer's presentation.
Listen to Rep. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), saying the president's personal actions are not separate from his public duties.
Listen to Rep. Charles Canady, (R-Fla.), talk about maintaining a high ethical standard for the presidency.
Listen as Rep. George Gekas, (R-Penn.), delivers some additional comments to the Senate.
Listen Listen as Rep. Henry Hyde, (R-Ill.), delivers the prosecutions final remarks.
Listen as Senator Robert Toricelli, (D-N.J.) gives his comments on the trial.

Friday, January 15, 1999: Prosecutors Continue Statements
Listen to NPR Coverage of the second day of the impeachment trial.
Listen to NPR Coverage special wrap-up coverage of the second day of the impeachment trial.
Read NPR Online Coverage of the day's events.
Listen as Rep. Bill McCollum, (R-Fla.), presents a summary of the facts.
Listen as Rep. George Gekas, (R-Penn.), discusses perjury and obstruction of justice laws.
Listen as Rep. Steve Chabot, (R-Ohio), discusses perjury and obstruction of justice laws.
Listen as Rep. Chris Cannon, (R-Utah), discusses perjury and obstruction of justice laws.
Listen as Senator Tom Harkin, (D-Iowa), breaks protocal and objects to the prosecution's reference of senators as "jurors."

Thursday, January 14, 1999: Prosecution Opening Statements
Listen to NPR coverage of the first day of the trial.
Listen to NPR analysis wrapping up the first day's testimony.
Read NPR Online Coverage on the first day of the trial.
Listen as House manager Henry Hyde, (R-Ill.), begins the prosecution's opening presentation.
Listen to Rep. James Sensenbrenner, (R-Wisc.), with the case overview.
Listen to Rep. Ed Bryant, (R-Tenn.), on the events leading up to President Clinton's alleged crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Listen to Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark), discuss the facts on the second impeachment article.
Listen to Rep. Jim Rogan, (R-Calif.), on allegations of perjury before the grand jury.

Friday, January 8, 1999: Senate Approves Plan
Listen as the Senate votes on a plan that would allow 24 hours of statements by President Clinton's lawyers and the House prosecutors and then 16 hours of questions by Senators.
Read NPR Online Coverage about the deal.
Read NPR Online Coverage wrapping up the day's events.

Thursday, January 7, 1999: Senate Trial Begins
Listen as the Senate votes on rules for the trial.
Listen as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde reads the impeachment charges.
Listen as Senator Strom Thurmond administers the oath to Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Listen as Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy talks with Morning Edition host Susan Stamberg about the trial.
Listen as Republian Senator Charles Grassley talks with host Susan Stamberg and White House Correspondent Mara Liasson.
Read NPR Online coverage as the Senate trial begins.
Online wrap-up of day's events.