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Trump Senate Impeachment Trial Finds Scant Precedent in History

  • Parties faced different political backdrop at Clinton trial
  • Partisan rancor ebbed in 1999 amid risks of drawn-out battle
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Trump Says He's in Good Position Ahead of Impeachment Trial

Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago set the modern template for President Donald Trump’s upcoming trial in the Senate. But the process may be even more contentious this time given sharper tribal divisions in Washington.

Clinton’s four-week proceeding in 1999 riveted the nation. Thirteen Republican House managers marched across the Capitol to present articles of impeachment, led by the silver-maned chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Henry Hyde. An old-school grand orator, he cast Clinton’s impeachment as a matter of national honor and invoked the sacrifices of war dead.