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Sellout

By David P. Schippers with Alan P. Henry
Regnery Publishing, 338 pp, 2000

I read this book because I hoped to get an insider's account of the Clinton impeachment in the House and Senate. Schippers was the Chief Investigative Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee (and a loyal Democrat who voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996) so I figured if anyone knew the inner machinations and political maneuverings, it would be him.

I did learn a few things. For example, then-Senate Majority Trent Lott did not want to touch an impeachment trial. In fact, the Republican leadership, particularly in the Senate, caved to every Democrat demand, in the vain hope of appearing bipartisan. For all their trouble, Democrats still accused them of partisanship.

Most senators had no intention of exercising fair and impartial justice, as they promised to do when sworn in as jurors. Such a solemn oath meant nothing, not when preserving their sacred seat in the Senate was at risk. Few senators wanted a real trial, especially the Democrats, because if too much evidence emerged, then they could not legitimately vote for acquittal. Better to go in with a closed mind and conduct a sham trial (little more than Dueling Speeches) to keep the Presidency in Democrat hands.

Other than that, though, Schippers offers little new information. He includes his own speeches and testimony, which are several pages long, to make up for his lack of material. The whole book seems more like a vehicle to showcase David Schippers. He relates his own meaningless braggadocio, such as flippant and defiant remarks to the press, as if to tell the world what a big, bad, mean man he is.

There are better books about the Clinton impeachment.

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