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While no one came out of the Monica Lewinsky scandal looking good, David Schippers, the chief investigative counsel for the Clinton impeachment, wants to be sure Americans know just who contributed to the debacle and how. A trial attorney and a Democrat, Schippers was hired by Republican congressman Henry Hyde to lead an oversight investigation of the Justice Department, then was redirected to handle the impeachment. The quintessential honest man, Schippers was shocked, not so much by Clinton's actions (which he calls a far-reaching conspiracy to obstruct justice with perjury, lies, and witness tampering), but by Republican and Democratic politicians who sold out the impeachment process.

If you ever want to vote again, you might not want to know what went on behind the scenes in the Capitol Hill meat grinder leading up to and during the impeachment proceedings against William Jefferson Clinton.... Lies, cowardice, hypocrisy, cynicism, amorality, butt-covering--these were the squalid political body parts that, squeezed through the political processor, combined to make a mockery of the impeachment process.
Of course, Schippers does want you to know what happened, and he also wants you to vote--against those who made the mess. And so he names names--of Republican senators who refused to allow evidence on the floor, of the five Democratic congressmen who never examined the evidence, of the GOP senator who said, "You're not going to dump this garbage on us," and also of the politicians who did an honest job, or at least asked reasonable questions (such as Joseph Lieberman). Schippers also reveals the evidence he was building against the Clinton administration regarding illegal INS actions and Chinagate, but that he was forced to drop. He reviews the successful struggle to get a full hearing in the House and the "flat-out rigged ball game" in the Senate. He discusses the president's pattern of abuse and intimidation of women, including some highly disturbing information regarding Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, and Dolly Kyle Browning.

Most of the documents related to the impeachment are still sealed, so Schippers's story is more diatribe than new information. Perhaps what this book confirms most (besides the ugly, self-serving side of politics) is the chasm between those trying Clinton, who firmly believed that his lying was destroying the structure of government, and those who felt that lying about sex was nobody's business. Schippers is clearly in the first camp: "I do not care what you are lying about. If you're the President of the United States and you lie under oath, you should be removed from office." --Lesley Reed


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895262436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895262431
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Nora Templeton on August 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Well, if anyone wants to know the real truth, just ask someone who was there. David Schippers has written a hard-hitting book, which causes one to stop and consider just how far our government has slidden from greatness into almost total darkness.
David names names and you will find out what you probably did not want to know. However, those who love this land and what it stands for will want to know the whole truth, however distasteful that may be.
I highly recommend reading this book.
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101 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Jonnes on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who cares enough about freedom and democracy to take the time to cast a vote must read David Schippers' book, "Sell Out." Schippers establishes himself as a fair and independent thinker with high integrity, and then proceeds to tell the true story behind the impeachment of Bill Clinton, revealing the liars and cowards on both sides of the aisle. It's good reading.
But the real story in this book is the revelation on what Schippers was working on before Zippergate pushed it to the sidelines. To this he devotes a few dozen pages early in the book in which he details his investigation of Al Gore's activities with the INS prior to the 1996 election. In an effort to expedite the naturalization of one million immigrants who might be more likely to vote Democratic, Team Gore pressured the INS to suspend standard background check procedures on applicants for US citizenship. The result was 75,000 convicted felons naturalized--20% of whom had re-offended as US citizens within two years--and another 168,000 naturalized without proper fingerprinting and FBI criminal history checks. Clinton/Gore imported criminals to maintain power. Literally thousands of US citizens were needlessly robbed, raped, and murdered as a result.
In light of the other Democratic voter fraud allegations such as giving away cigarettes in Milwaukee, touring the jails to register misdemeanor crooks, and the mysterious disappearing 50,000-vote Bush lead in Florida late on election night, the INS debacle is something worth reading about. Most people have never heard this story. The mainstream Press won't touch it. This is arguably the worst political offense ever committed in this country, if true. Schippers, a life-long Democrat who voted twice for Clinton, shares the facts and makes a convincing case. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jon Eric Davidson on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We are told by those in the popular media that the public is wanting to put the impeachment proceedings of 1998-1999 behind them. But, for any informed and/or educated voter, it is vitally important to know what prompted the proceedings and the dynamics behind what transpired. "Sellout" by David Schippers is that book that sheds light on the whole episode.
Mr. Schippers impressed me tremendously with the way he carried out the impeachment proceedings. Unlike anyone else involved - that goes for every politician AND every member of the media - he was perhaps the one individual who put politics aside for the sake of law and seeing justice done. He understood that what transpired was not a result of the so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy", and also understood that they couldn't just ignore the charges against President Clinton because widespread and wholesale violation of the law had occurred.
"Sellout", then, is his account of what all took place. In it, we are presented with the facts without any pretense of political bias. He admits at the outset to being a lifelong Democrat, but in the course of this book, one can find - if he or she is honest with oneself - no political bias or spin. It is, in those immortal words, "just the facts".
He describes how the Republicans in the Senate turned their backs on the law, along with the Democrats, all under the guise of "bipartisanship". Here, the reader finally gets the names of those who sabotaged the impeachment trial before it ever cleared the House of Representatives. Mr. Schippers also plots out the total lack of regard for the law in both parties, despite the overwhelming evidence, that ultimately led to a travesty of justice.
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Mark Broussard on August 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
David Schippers' "Sell Out" is an incredible indictment, not only of Clinton, but our "representatives" in Washington. The travails of Clinton are well known - what is really shocking is the fact that not one Senator logged into the evidence room to review the documentation first-hand prior to the impeachment hearings! If you are jaded by politics and media spin, this account makes you wonder if watching the network news or voting are worth the time and effort. A well documented, gripping story, and call to arms for Americans to campaign actively for term limits.
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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful By john sollitto on August 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book presents the intricacies of the wars within the impeachment battle so simply and powerfully that a readers emotions cant helped but be stirred, regardless of one's political affilation. Schippers elegantly presents Impeachment's political heroes of principal and the weak willed deal making scoundrels. Over all the book makes the reader see, sadly, the politcal process and the will of its people for what it is. It unfolds like a Greek Tragedy; a must read for political junkies, those of principle, or those that enjoy good battle.
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