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Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment Paperback – August 14, 2001
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Henry has had a distinguished newspaper career covering three decades with the Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Middlesex News, and Pioneer Press, where he is currently Deputy Executive Editor. He has won numerous awards for news, investigative, feature, and column writing and is an award-winning writer of short stories.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found David Schippers book SellOut the Inside story was great reading of what happened during this whole affair. Most of the details of the hearings I already knew including Mr. Schippers presentation at the hearings. I was very impressed with him as I knew he was a Democrat of long standing, but he was disgusted as to how he and the Impeachment Managers were treated by the Senate. Especially Trent Lott who let them know they would not get an aquital. He was more discussed with the Democrats as none of them even took the time to review all the material they had available. The Senate Democracts were not going to bring down their party for the likes of the President's wrong doings.
Mr. Schippers brings in many inside happenings and brought forth new allegations of corrupt work by the White House on the speed up of immegration citizenship during the l996 election. They rushed through over a million people through this process to get more Democrat votes. You will find this book informative and how our laws and Constitution was disregarded during this sad time in our history.
Mr. Schippers denounces the leadership of both parties. However, I cannot understand how someone who grew up in the political environment of Chicago could possibly have been as naive as he apparently was. Rightly or wrongly, impeachment is either as much as a political process as it is a legal process, perhaps even more so. And when you are impeaching the highest elected official of the country one can expect it to be highly politicized. In a perfect world, the leadership of both parties did not perform nobly. But they each had their own constituencies they were working for. It was in the Democrats interest after the November elections to save their President - warts and all. It was in the Republicans interest to press on with the futile impeachment effort.
I think Mr. Schipper's problem may be that he was too close to what was going on to step back and see what others were seeing. The Democrats succeeded in making the process and the "prosecutors" the issue and the liberal news media made a mockery of the brave individuals tasked to take the case to the Senate. The Republican leadership saw what was happening and were able to proceed with the impeachment without long term harm to the party. I recall in the immediate aftermath many political experts forcasting gloom and doom for the GOP in the 2000 elections. Instead, impeachment faded from the radar scope. Although the GOP took a few hits in the Senate, they retained control of the House and regained the White House -- something they might not have done had they ran against an incumbent Al Gore.
Another reviewer suggested Peter Baker's "The Breach". I am currently reading that book and can endorse that reviewer's recommendation. I do not agree with everything Mr. Baker wrote, but I do think it offers a far better synopsis of what occurred within Congress and the White House during the impeachment process.
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