It was a sex scandal that put Mr. Hastert into the top House job in the first place. Robert Livingston, a Louisiana Republican in line to replace Newt Gingrich, was forced to step aside after accusations of marital infidelity as the House impeached President Bill Clinton in Republicans settled on Mr. As House speaker from to , the husky, gray-thatched Illinoisan was just two heartbeats away from the presidency.
At 73, he has been in recent years working mostly behind the scenes as a Washington power broker. By November , Gingrich resigned from his post as Speaker, facing a challenge from Rep. His stunning exit came only hours after longtime friend Rep.
Clinton became only the second President in history to be impeached, in a stunning day that also brought the resignation of the incoming Speaker of the House, Robert L. Clinton of perjury for misleading a Federal grand jury last Aug. Clinton was impeached for his efforts to cover up his affair with Ms.
Lewinsky, [then-incoming Speaker of the House, Robert L. Gingrich, shocked the House by announcing he would leave Congress because of revelations of his own adulterous affairs. Still, it was Mr. Livingston today who called for Mr. Clinton had undermined the rule of law and damaged the nation, Mr. You, sir, may resign your post. But I cannot do that job or be the kind of leader that I would like to be under current circumstances.
So I must set the example that I hope President Clinton will follow. In February , Clinton was acquitted: Five weeks later, on February 12, the Senate voted on whether to remove Clinton from office. The president was acquitted on both articles of impeachment.
The prosecution needed a two-thirds majority to convict but failed to achieve even a bare majority. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
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