By The Honorable Richard A. Posner
President invoice Clinton's yr of predicament, which begun whilst his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit front pages in January 1998, engendered a number of significant questions of legal and constitutional legislation, private and non-private morality, and political and cultural clash. In a booklet written whereas the occasions of the yr have been unfolding, Richard Posner provides a balanced and scholarly figuring out of the obstacle that still has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the problems and removes misunderstandings pertaining to proof and the legislation that have been proper to the research through autonomous suggestions Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment continuing itself. He explains the felony definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many attorneys are surprising with. He rigorously assesses the behavior of Starr and his prosecutors, together with their contacts with the legal professionals for Paula Jones and their hardball strategies with Monica Lewinsky and her mom. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the sophisticated courting among private and non-private morality. And he examines where of impeachment within the American constitutional scheme, the professionals and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the main procedural concerns raised through either the impeachment in the home and the trial within the Senate. This publication, reflecting the breadth of Posner's adventure and services, would be the crucial origin for somebody who desires to comprehend President Clinton's impeachment ordeal.
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Since that suit concerned an incident that had occurred in 1991, before Clinton became President, and since Jones’s evidence was weak and her injury probably nil (and hence her damages, even if she won, unlikely to be great), and since an entirely consensual affair with Lewinsky would bear only tangentially on the merits of the suit,40 it seems unlikely that a desire to ward off an adverse judgment in that suit played a big role in Clinton’s efforts to keep his relationship with Lewinsky secret.
And a friend of the chairman of Revlon’s executive committee, Ronald Perelman,10 Jordan called Perelman and recommended that Revlon hire Lewinsky; earlier he had spoken about her to a relatively junior executive of Perelman’s company. On January 9, 1998, two days after Jordan’s call to Perelman, Revlon offered Lewinsky a job. When, four days later, she accepted the offer (withdrawn as soon as the scandal broke) and told Jordan, he relayed the news to the President, who expressed satisfaction.
73. See Lisa R. Rafferty and Julie Teperow, ‘‘Obstruction of 36 38 ⅐ An Affair of State such as making a false application for a passport even if one is not ﬂeeing justice. But it omits perjury. Perjury is the subject of its own chapter38 and is not limited to lies told under oath in legal proceedings. Also omitted from the obstruction of justice chapter is extortion, another common method of obstructing justice. 39 The ﬁrst usage is the most illuminating in reference to the charges against President Clinton, and is the one that I shall generally employ.
An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton by The Honorable Richard A. Posner