The Gold Standard and Guilt-Edged Insecurities: The Impeachment Crucible as Tragic Farce
AFTERMATH: THE CLINTON SCANDAL, Len Kaplan, Beverly Moran, eds., NYU Press, 2001
17 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2010
Date Written: January 1, 2001
At least one prize glittered. Moments after the formal acquittal of William Jefferson Clinton ended his impeachment trial, the Senate leaders of both parties presented Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist with a plaque featuring a golden gavel. Usually, majority leader Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi explained, with minority leader Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota smiling at his side, one must preside over the Senate for a hundred hours to be awarded the golden gavel. But the Chief Justice's duty in presiding over the impeachment trial apparently was close enough for government work. Rehnquist, wearing his now-famous gold-striped robe, took the plaque and then quickly left the Senate chamber to a standing ovation from all the Senators and many of those in the public galleries.
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