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Smithsonian adds Clinton impeachment to “Lost Tapes” franchise

The latest episode of Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes’ franchise from Tom Jennings‘ 1895 Films will revisit the 1998 impeachment of president Bill Clinton. The hour-long special, titled The Lost Tapes: Clinton’s Impeachment, ...
September 26, 2018

The latest episode of Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes’ franchise from Tom Jennings‘ 1895 Films will revisit the 1998 impeachment of president Bill Clinton.

The hour-long special, titled The Lost Tapes: Clinton’s Impeachment, uses only contemporary film and audio, including exclusive, never-before-televised recordings from historian Taylor Branch – Clinton’s interviewer and friend. Branch documented his thoughts after late-night sessions at the White House, capturing his opinion of Clinton’s mindset during the scandal.

Clips pulled from news broadcasts and interviews feature broadcaster Matt Lauer; as well as politicians Jeff Sessions, Bernie Sanders and current U.S. President Donald Trump.

In 1998, special prosecutor Kenneth Starr requested permission to widen the scope of his Whitewater investigation to include whether Clinton had lied under oath in his deposition for Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit. After Jones’ suit was dismissed, her lawyers appealed and submitted a list of other alleged victims of Clinton’s harassment, including then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Both Lewinsky and Clinton denied under oath that they had a sexual relationship – but the evidence indicated otherwise – leading Starr to investigate whether Clinton had committed perjury. Once Lewinsky was given immunity, she provided evidence of the affair, and Clinton admitted he had indeed had inappropriate relations with her. In December 1998, the House of Representatives voted to issue Articles of Impeachment, but the Senate acquitted Clinton on all charges on Feb. 12, 1999.

The series is produced by Tom Jennings and Rob Kirkof of 1895 Films. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are John CavanaghDavid Royle and Charles Poe.

The Lost Tapes: Clinton’s Impeachment airs Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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