William_J._ClintonOn this date in in 1994 Paula Jones filed suit against President Bill Clinton alleging sexual harassment. During the course of depositions for this case Clinton denied having had an affair with another staffer, Monica Lewinsky. As a result of his statements and continued denials, charges of perjury and obstruction of justice were brought against him resulting in his impeachment. This is often pointed to as an example of the cover up being far worse than the scandal. Many Presidents including FDR, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Bush had extramarital affairs that did not result in great scandal. It was Clinton’s dishonesty combined with a fanatical special prosecutor with an unlimited budget, that lead to one of the greatest scandals of the late 20th century.

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