President Bill Clinton was impeached by the United States House of Representatives on December 19, 1998, becoming the second President in the history of the United States to face impeachment. The impeachment process began after Clinton was accused of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee.
Clinton had been accused of making inappropriate advances towards Jones in 1991, while he was Governor of Arkansas. Jones filed a lawsuit against Clinton in 1994, and the case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1996.
During the course of the Jones lawsuit, Clinton was questioned under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. Clinton denied having a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, but evidence later emerged that suggested otherwise. This led to accusations that Clinton had lied under oath, and the House of Representatives voted to impeach him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The impeachment process then moved to the Senate, where a trial was held to determine Clinton’s guilt or innocence. In the end, the Senate voted to acquit Clinton on both charges, and he remained in office.