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We Could All Use A Refresher On Impeachment’s History




Then US President Bill Clinton addresses the nation on December 19, 1998 from the White House after the US House of Representatives impeached him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice
Then US President Bill Clinton addresses the nation on December 19, 1998 from the White House after the US House of Representatives impeached him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice
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Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment. It’s a word being tossed around a lot today as Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced the House is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Watergate may have commanded the attention of the nation, but Nixon resigned before he could be impeached. Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson weren’t so lucky.

Today on AirTalk, we look back on the scandals and procedures of the past as historians and reporters share their understanding of how past impeachments played out. Do you remember Clinton’s impeachment? How does public opinion from back then compare with our current moment? Share your perspective and memories with us and give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent with Yahoo News, he covered the Clinton impeachment process, he’s the author of “Uncovering Clinton” (1999); he tweets @Isikoff 

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving

Barbara Perry, professor, co-chair of the presidential oral history program and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center; she tweets @BarbaraPerryUVA



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