Sexual Mccarthyism: Clinton, Starr, And The Emerging Constitutional Crisis

Sexual Mccarthyism: Clinton, Starr, And The Emerging Constitutional Crisis

  • Publish Date: 1998-11-12
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Alan M. Dershowitz
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The greatest threat to the future of the office of the American Presidency may turn on whether William Jefferson Clinton told a lie, under oath, and then triedunsuccessfullyto keep secret his sexual relationship with a twenty-two-year-old White House intern. The media's feeding frenzy and the public's voyeuristic prurience have been fueled by almost daily disclosures, making The Starr Report itself an instant #1 national bestseller. Yet all of this obscures the very real matters of state that lie at the heart of the Starr investigation.In Sexual McCarthyism, bestselling author Alan M. Dershowitz addresses the key issues at stakeissues that transcend the titillating daily headlinesand what their long-term effects may be. Among the many important questions Dershowitz raises and then answers are these:Why the President's private life actually is the business of the American people.Why the independent counsel law is a necessary evil, but why the appointment of Kenneth Starr was improper.Why the Supreme Court was right in requiring the President to submit to the Paula Jones lawsuit.Why Kenneth Starr's leaking of testimony and evidence are at least as serious obstructions of justice as anything alleged against the President.What the lasting constitutional, historical, and political legacies of this case are likely to be.Long after the buzz and sizzle of Monicagate have subsided, readers will still be looking to Sexual McCarthyism as a substantive, clear, and definitive analysis of the underlying importance of one of the most serious, yet entirely avoidable, crises in modern American Presidential politics.

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