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This week's In the News focuses on the forthcoming debate and vote in the US House of Representatives. The seven resources discussed provide background information, primary materials, recent news, political commentary, and legal analysis. On Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 1998, the House Judiciary Committee, after weeks of partisan debate, drafted and approved four articles of impeachment against President William Clinton. The first article alleges that Clinton, during his appearance before a grand jury last August, "provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony" concerning his lawsuit with Paula Jones and his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The second article also alleges that Clinton committed perjury, citing two instances of misleading testimony given in Paula Jones case: the first occurring in December 1997 during Clinton's responses to written questions, the second occurring during his January deposition. The third article of impeachment alleges that Clinton, in relation to the Jones case, committed acts that "prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice" in seven instances between December 7, 1997 and January 26, 1998. The fourth and final article alleges that Clinton abused his presidential power by proffering false statements to Congress in his answers to the 81 questions that were asked of him last month during the Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry. On Thursday, the four articles of impeachment will be introduced, debated, and voted on by the 435 members of the House. If a majority of representatives endorses one or more of the articles, then Clinton will be tried in the Senate, wherein a two-thirds majority vote is required to remove the president from office. Political pundits believe that the imminent vote for impeachment is contingent upon the decisions of about two dozen moderate Republicans who are publicly undecided about the vote.
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