In 1998, Congress weighed whether Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton was grounds for impeachment.
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Juanita Broaddrick told Ken Starr’s team of prosecutors that Bill Clinton had raped her in 1978. Her story wasn’t included in the Starr Report—but members of Congress found out about it anyway and had to decide how it would affect its vote on impeachment.
In the final episode of our series on Clinton’s impeachment, Leon Neyfakh talks to Broaddrick and to Lisa Myers, the NBC News reporter whose interview with Broaddrick became a cause célèbre during the impeachment trial. What does it mean that Broaddrick’s story has never really become a part of Bill Clinton’s?
Read a transcript of Episode 8.
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Notes on Episode 8
In researching this episode we made use of the following sources.
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Kornacki, Steve. The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, Ecco, 2018.
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Schmidt, Susan and Weisskopf, Michael. Truth at Any Cost, HarperCollins, 2000.
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The Starr Report, the Washington Post, 1998.
Toobin, Jeffrey. A Vast Conspiracy, Random House, 1999.
Film, TV and Radio
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Kurtz, Howard. “Larry Flynt and the Barers of Bad News,” Washington Post, Dec. 20, 1998.
Kurtz, Howard. “Others Fair Game for Scandal in Wake of Affair,” Washington Post, Sept. 11, 1998.
Marcus, Ruth. “Livingston Wants House Vote on Impeachment,” Washington Post, Nov. 23, 1998.
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Saad, Lydia. “Admiration for Hillary Clinton Surges in 1998,” Gallup, Dec. 31, 1998.
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Weiss, Philip. “NBC’s Vetting of Juanita Broaddrick: Clinton’s Accuser Discusses Agonizing Weeks as NBC Dragged It Out,” New York Observer, April 12, 1999.
Season Two of Slow Burn was produced by Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons. Research assistance from Madeline Kaplan. Bonus episodes for the season were produced by Jeff Friedrich and Mary Wilson.