Ten years after President Clinton's impeachment, law professor Ken Gormley reviews the entire scandal in his new 800-page book The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr. Gormley joins Fresh Air to discuss the independent counsel investigation — and why it continues to resonate today.
Washington Post reporter Peter Baker. He’s the journalist who co-wrote the story breaking the news about Monica Lewinsky, and he’s just written a book about that episode of the Clinton presidency, called “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton.” (Scribner) He writes, “For all the titillation about thongs and cigars, the story… was not so much about sex as it was about power.”
Former governor of Massachusetts (1991-1997) William Weld. As a Republican, he's been criticized by many of his fellow party members for his un-Republican-like stances. He's pro-gay, pro-choice on abortion, and he endorses condom distribution in public schools. He'll talk with Terry about breaking rank with other Republicans, especially in light of today's partisan politics. Weld is also the author of a novel, "Mackerel by Moonlight" (Simon & Schuster)
We'll talk about the latest news in the Clinton/Lewinsky matter, including the controversy surrounding the release of videotapes made during the president's testimony in front of the grand jury. Toobin's article in the September 14, 1998 New Yorker is entitled "Terms of Impeachment."
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss talks about the historical importance of the Clinton investigation. Beschloss examines how the threat of impeachment has been used and abused in the past. He is author of "Taking Charge: the Johnson White House tapes 1963-64," which will be issued on paperback this week.