On February 12, 1999, the US Senate acquitted former US President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges. Only 45 senators voted to impeach on the perjury charge and 50 voted to impeach on the obstruction of justice charge, with both votes falling short of the two-thirds majority necessary for conviction. The acquittal concluded the impeachment proceedings initiated by the US House of Representatives in December 1998. The House voted to impeach President Clinton after an investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr revealed that President Clinton lied about a sexual affair during a federal hearing in January 1998.
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