On This Day in History: Clinton Not Convicted on Two Impeachment Charges

February 13, 1999.

The Senate fell well short of convicting President Bill Clinton on two impeachment charges, perjury and obstruction of justice, in concealing his affair with Monica S. Lewinsky, a former White House intern. A two-thirds vote was required for conviction; the Senate rejected the perjury charge, 55-45, (with 10 Republicans joining Democrats), and split 50-50, on obstruction (with five Republicans breaking ranks). The president declared himself “profoundly sorry” for his actions that led to the trial.

—From the New York Times

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