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