Affair Of State

Affair Of State

by Richard A. Posner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674003918

ISBN-13: 9780674003910

Pub. Date: 11/01/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

President Bill Clinton's year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict.

In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a

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President Bill Clinton's year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict.

In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a balanced and scholarly understanding of the crisis that also has the freshness and immediacy of journalism. Posner clarifies the issues and eliminates misunderstandings concerning facts and the law that were relevant to the investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and to the impeachment proceeding itself. He explains the legal definitions of obstruction of justice and perjury, which even many lawyers are unfamiliar with. He carefully assesses the conduct of Starr and his prosecutors, including their contacts with the lawyers for Paula Jones and their hardball tactics with Monica Lewinsky and her mother. He compares and contrasts the Clinton affair with Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, exploring the subtle relationship between public and private morality. And he examines the place of impeachment in the American constitutional scheme, the pros and cons of impeaching President Clinton, and the major procedural issues raised by both the impeachment in the House and the trial in the Senate. This book, reflecting the breadth of Posner's experience and expertise, will be the essential foundation for anyone who wants to understand President Clinton's impeachment ordeal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674003910
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae
Chronology
Introduction
1The President's Conduct
2Prosecution and Defense
3The History, Scope, and Form of Impeachment
4Morality, Private and Public
5Should President Clinton Have Been Impeached and If Impeached Convicted?
6The Kulturkampf
7Lessons for the Future
8The Balance Sheet
Acknowledgments
Index

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