Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today in History: U.S. President held in contempt for "intentionally lying"

A new feature that will appear occasionally on this blog is "Today in History." Two items for today
1. Another example of the pathetic quality of people we put in the White House. According to Wikipedia, on this day in 1999, U.S. federal district Judge Susan Weber "Wright found {Pres. Bill]Clinton in contempt of court for "intentionally false" testimony in Jones v. Clinton, fined him $90,000, and referred the case to the Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on Professional Conduct, as Clinton still possessed a law license in Arkansas.[1]

The Arkansas Supreme Court suspended Clinton's Arkansas law license in April 2000. On January 19, 2001, Clinton agreed to a five-year suspension and a $25,000 fine in order to avoid disbarment and to end the investigation of Independent Counsel Robert Ray (Starr's successor). On October 1, 2001, Clinton's U.S. Supreme Court law license was suspended, with 40 days to contest his disbarment. On November 9, 2001, the last day for Clinton to contest the disbarment, he opted to resign from the Supreme Court Bar, surrendering his license, rather than facing penalties related to disbarment." Clinton later defeated an attempt to impeach and remove him from the Presidency

2. The Civil War arguably began on this day in 1861, when Confederate forces fired on Union Forces at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

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