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StarrA Reassessment$
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Benjamin Wittes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092523

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092523.001.0001

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Separating Truth From Justice

Separating Truth From Justice

(p.183) Chapter 5 Separating Truth From Justice

Benjamin Wittes

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the events that led to the impeachment of President Clinton, which exist now in that peculiar zone between journalism and history. The facts have stabilized, and one need not make each utterance today with the certainty that tomorrow's disclosures will moot it. At the same time, huge sets of data remain unexplored—most important, Starr's own paper trail, which under the law is to be transmitted to the National Archive now that the investigation is fully completed, and parts of which will become public. The hackneyed cliche that journalism is a first draft of history offers a good description of the transition stage in which we now find ourselves with respect to the Clinton-Starr wars.

Keywords:   impeachment, President Clinton, journalism, history, National Archive, paper trail

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