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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton on Saturday for obstructing justice and lying under oath about his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, voting largely along party lines to send his case to the Senate. It was only the second presidential impeachment in American history.
Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit and abuse of his presidential powers.
The first vote was announced at 1:24 p.m. EST, leaving the 42nd president to face the gravest moment of his political career. Clinton was secluded with a minister at the time, but planned a public appearance later in the day.
For Clinton to be removed from office, two-thirds of senators would have to vote to convict him.
After being stunned by the abrupt resignation of its incoming speaker, Rep. Bob Livingston, the House proceeded with the first impeachment votes since those against Andrew Johnson 130 years ago.
Five members of each party defected on the first article as the House voted 228-206 to impeach the president.
The House then voted:
—221-212 to approve a third article, accusing Clinton of obstruction of justice in the Lewinsky matter.
—285-148 to reject a fourth article, alleging he abused the powers of his office by giving false written answers to questions posed by Congress during the impeachment inquiry.
Democrats briefly walked out of the chamber in protest when Republicans blocked their effort to force a vote on the lesser penalty of censure as an alternative to impeachment. They returned to vote on the articles of impeachment, ending a three-month constitutional drama that at the end played out amid U.S. military action against Iraq.
When the first impeachment roll call occurred, the House floor was crowded with lawmakers, although there was little in their reaction to suggest the significance of the moment. ''Article One is adopted,'' intoned Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., tapped to preside over the House on the historic occasion.
The House immediately turned to votes on articles of impeachment accusing Clinton of committing perjury in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, obstructing justice and abusing his presidential powers.
The president remained out of sight during the vote, meeting with a minister. He planned a later appearance at the White House to make a statement surrounded by Democratic supporters.
Final arguments on the historic House votes paralleled those laid out by Republicans and Democrats during a months-long debate over the fitting punishment for a president who deceived the nation, the Congress and his family.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Ill., told legislators that Clinton's actions required impeachment to ensure equal justice under the law.
''When the chief law enforcement officer trivializes, ignores, shreds, minimizes the sanctity of the oath, then justice is wounded, and you're wounded, and your children are wounded,'' he said.