Lawmakers release the Starr Report online: Part 10

President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House, but the Senate acquitted him of perjury and obstruction of justice.
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but not exceeding, five million dollars. Just look for the X. Pornographer. Titillator, smut-peddler. Ken Starr was very dignified. You called him judge Starr. Your witch hunt cost $40 million. Mine only cost $560. It's a lot cheaper. Pornographer! I think he was a little shocked at how ruthless it got and how vicious it got. After spending $50 million to investigate, the Starr report came out and was put in 36 boxes and carted over to the house of representatives. They took all those boxes and they just said, you want to read it? Contact with genitalia, anus, groin. He fondled her. Breast, inner thigh or buttocks. She performed oral sex on him. Oral sex! Oh! Scary, scary stuff. The house decided to release the Starr report online. The internet crashed, because here's a government site, it's got sexual descriptions. They weren't calling up reporters and saying, here's the law of perjury, here's where Clinton lied. It that were saying, look, turn to page 342 for the anal/oral contact. They did that. 62 mentions of the word "Breast," 23 of "Cigar," 19 of "Semen." And you have the dress! You have the dress. Diane, there were other aspects that are outlined in the referral, other aspects of the testimony to which this is germane. Don't blame the messenger because the message is unpleasant. So this is, the president made me do it? This is the statute called on us to do our duty. In a funny way, of course, sex kind of saved Bill Clinton at the end of the day, because the general public decided, yes, he lied and tried to cover it up and it's obstruction of justice, but after all, unlike Richard Nixon, when it was about the foundation of our republic, this was about sex. 71% now believe Mr. Clinton should not be impeached. The public was sending a very clear message. We don't care. The members of the house of representatives are going to gather here in Washington to decide whether they think the president of the United States should be removed from office. Washington came to a stand-still that day, there hadn't been anything like that in 130 years. Impeach! Let him hear it! On the day of the vote, it was this extraordinary scene. It ended up becoming this locomotive that was just heading down the tracks and ultimately nobody could stop it. We need to stop destroying imperfect people. A nation of laws cannot be ruled by a person who breaks the law. This will be a 15-minute vote. Clinton was impeached by the house by nearly a complete party line vote. These partisans' proceedings have made a mockery of the constitutional process. President Clinton has been impeached. Impeachment was born out of this almost rabid partisan desire to bring Bill Clinton down and his own failings. The issue now goes to the United States senate for a possible trial. The senate is obviously a completely different scenario because Republicans only have a majority, but not a two-thirds majority. So, a party line vote won't do it. I believe we are ready to proceed to the vote on the articles, and I yield the floor. In that moment, every senator looked and had to reassess were they going to vote. How they were gonna vote. Mr. Schumer, not guilty. Is this what the presidency has to be jettisoned for? Is this a high crime and misdemeanor? Mr. Sessions, guilty. Bribery, treason, of course we would not want a president to continue if he committed treason. But is lying under oath, however wrong it is, is that a reason to end a democratically elected president? They had two articles. One perjury, one obstruction of justice. They couldn't get even a majority vote for either one. And so, of course, he was acquitted. I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events. He would take no questions. But I said to him, "Mr. President, can you forget and forgive?" I believe any person who asks for forgiveness has to be prepared to give it. Rate yourself as a president. Hmm. I'm not going to do that. 58 historians, as I think you may know, did this for CSPAN, and they came out, in general terms, that you were 21st. They gave you a 41st on moral authority. They're wrong about that. I made a terrible, public personal mistake, but I paid for it many times over. And I will go to my grave being at peace about it, and I don't really care what they think. Yes, I failed once. Jardiance asked:

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