Hillary Clinton in 1998

A year of her husband’s Impeachment, Perjury, obstruction of Justice & of course Monica Lewinsky

The Clintons who fall in love in the late 70s at Yale campus are arguably one among the foremost well-known American couples within the limelight of that decade. They are together for nearly 50 years and are involved within the political arena for about as long, both on a state and at the national scale. Twenty-two years ago, Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton became the primary president to be impeached since the previous late President Johnson, in 1868.

Hillary’s Nightmare: The Year 1998

In 1998, Hillary herself was a part of her husband’s Administration and whatever scandal heated the therein year 1998 had to be combated by Hillary too. An equivalent year, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to impeach former President Clinton on the charge of perjury with a simultaneous single charge of obstruction of justice. The core articles of impeachment had their origin during a secret office romance relationship between the president and a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The former first lady was close to getting into her worst nightmare because later the intimate details, revealed by then-independent counsel, had consumed the entire country for 10-11 months & months of a part morality tale with daily soap-opera episodes and yes a neighborhood high-stakes knife fight. Talking in political scenario, then America was divided—less so than now, but ferociously. The country alongside Hillary is living with the results of the Clinton impeachment ever since. With of these dramas within the Oval Office some time past, the political battle has stoked resentments, also influenced elections and partly gave rise to conspiracy theories, and prompted many to believe the character of the connection that lay at its core bottom—one that Monica had called consensual but Critics and Media had come to ascertain as a “gross abuse of power.”

Rephrasing 1998 the year that scandal unfolded, Americans’ assumptions about what Hillary knew and when she knew it often reflects more about them than her. Then conservatives from the woman Macbeth camp and feminists who hated the image of Hillary as victims both held to the view that there have been no secrets in Bill & Hillary’s marriage. But this point, a minimum of a number of the primary Lady’s confidants argue otherwise. No, they say, Hillary being stubborn and firm at the same time, didn’t quite buy the interior White House cover story, that a white house 22 y/o intern/employee named Monica had a crush on the President which it had got out of hand; that he had tried to “counsel her,” mention her family problems, her job hopes; that she had eventually been banished, which the remainder was a fabrication by the President’s enemies & so-called political rivals. Later instead, says an individual who has talked to her about it, Hillary believed that “he did something peculiar that was not appropriate, something he was getting to be in charge of to her”. But the enormity of it hadn’t anywhere on the brink of crossed her mind. They both have quite built-in avoidance mechanisms & that makes her as an ideal wife. Later she added that that’s why he’s a survivor. If he sat there and confronted the enormity of how awful it had been together with his wife, he never would have transcended it.” She neither accepted it nor she denied it!

Testimony & her first reaction to Bill’s Impeachment regarding 1998 events

‘You’re the one who got yourself into this mess’: Hillary Clinton remembers words reacting to Bill’s impeachment 22 years ago Later in 2018, after almost twenty years later the independent counsel investigation into the allegations that former POTUS lied under oath & obstructed justice surrounding an extramarital affair with an Intern , the people involved spoke later about then events said about the conversation held between Hillary and Bill after his testimony and she gave Bill a pep-talk before he addresses the American people in which he was going to admit about being dishonest previously regarding the nature of his relationship with the white house intern Monica Lewinsky.

Hillary quoted “Bill, you got us and your American Voters into this mess and its time you decide what to say about it”. Then witnesses said that after this hard-hitting conversation, Hillary took Chelsea & left the room. In his testimony later, the former POTUS admitted that he was lying about the affair in a previous sworn deposition, but denied offering Lewinsky incentives to stay quiet. The House of Representatives impeached him in December 1998 for High Crimes and his misdemeanors, “the house stated specifically perjury & obstruction of Justice. He was acquitted but later however by the senate which requires a 2-3rd vote to pass articles of impeachment. However, the charges weren’t drawn in response to Lewinsky, but to Paula Jones’ lawsuit four years earlier. The proceedings lasted two months, with Clinton being acquitted in February of 1999, in a 55-45 vote against his impeachment, according to Time magazine. After the whole political drama, career tables turned after the Clintons moved to Chappaqua with Bill as Hillary made her foray into politics as she ran and won a seat in the Senate. She served as a senator for New York from 2001 to 2009.Though it had been five years then since the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hillary had yet to make comments about her personal feelings regarding the affair.

Later on in her 2003 memoir “Living History,” she wrote, “I didn’t know whether our marriage could or should survive such a stinging deep betrayal, but I knew I had to work through my feelings carefully and according to my timetable,” she stated that the decision to stay with Clinton one of “the most difficult decisions I have made in my life.” and she quotes this again in her 2016 Democratic Nomination. 1998 was the year when the political upside downs laid a setback for an ambitious first lady but almost after 10 years later Barack Obama’s historic win in the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton returned to the White House nearly a decade after she left it, but this time in a new role. Obama appointed Clinton as his Secretary of State following her unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

So the year 1998 in a nutshell, Hillary then & Now!
If we put all the scandal & conspiracy stories of the year 1998 behind & it can be quoted as her husband’s mistakes that kept Hillary haunting for years but except for her gender, Hillary Clinton was indeed a highly conventional presidential candidate. The Americans do know that she’s been in public life for decades. Hillary’s rhetoric is carefully calibrated. She is an expert in tailoring her views to reflect the mainstream within her own party. The reaction to her candidacy in 2016, however, was unconventional from the fellow Americans. One thing for sure that Americans would know that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy did provoke a huge wave of misogyny especially for Trump supporters—one that may roil American life for years to come. We are aware that growing paranoid is easy because of your gender your rivals really are out to get you. It would be comforting to believe that, whatever tribulations Clinton might have endured personally, but her presidency might have reduced sexism in society at large.


[1] CNN interview Clips of 1998 (via YouTube)
[2] Hillary & Bill’s Relationship timeline (via

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