Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton.

How a Rape Accusation Against Bill Clinton Did—and Didn’t—Change the Course of Impeachment

How a Rape Accusation Against Bill Clinton Did—and Didn’t—Change the Course of Impeachment

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Oct. 10 2018 7:00 AM

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In 1998, Congress weighed whether Juanita Broaddrick’s rape accusation against Bill Clinton was grounds for impeachment.


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?


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Notes on Episode 8

In researching this episode we made use of the following sources.



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