Saturday, January 26, 2008

On January 26, ...

... 1998 (10 years ago today), "With eyes narrowed and one index finger stabbing the air, President Clinton angrily denied today that he had had sexual relations with Monica S. Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose tape-recorded accounts of an affair with him now threaten his Presidency," the New York Times then reported. Bill Clinton said at the internationally reported Washington press conference at which he delivered an "emphatic denial": '''I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.'"
The next day his wife gave a televised interview. As the Times then reported, "Hillary Rodham Clinton charged today that the Whitewater prosecutor's sex-scandal investigation of her husband was part of a 'vast right-wing conspiracy' dedicated to destroying his Presidency. ...Asked how grave the accusations were, she replied, 'If all that were proven true, I think that would be a very serious offense.' But, she said, 'that is not going to be proven true.' She said the suspicions about her husband were baseless, 'part of the unfortunate, mean-spirited give-and-take of American politics right now.'''
On his last full day in office 2 years later, President Clinton, who had survived an impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate, accepted a deal in order to settle the matter; in so doing, he admitted telling falsehoods under oath.
... 1977, the Vatican affirmed its ban on admitting women to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

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