1997 May 27

The President is Not Above the Law: Bill Clinton Edition


President Bill Clinton tried to avoid going to trial over Paula Jones’ sexual harassment allegations, claiming that it would interfere with his duties as president. The Supreme Court, in Clinton v. Jones, rejected his claim on this day. The decision reaffirmed the principle, established by the Supreme Court in President Richard Nixon’s Watergate tapes case, that the president is not above the law.

Go to July 24, 1974, for the landmark United States v. Nixon decision, in which Nixon unsuccessfully claimed executive privilege in the investigation of the Watergate scandal.

The Court“ . . . it is also settled that the President is subject to judicial process in appropriate circumstances.”

Read about the Jones case and the Clinton scandals: Jeffrey Toobin, A Vast Conspiracy (1999)

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