In an interview anticipating the release of his autobiography My Life, former President Bill Clinton told Dan Rather of CBS’s “60 Minutes” that his impeachment by a Republican majority House of Representatives was “an abuse of power.”
Clinton is proud he beat charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in the only Senate presidential impeachment trial of the 20th Century. “I didn’t quit, I never thought of resigning, and I stood up to it and beat it back,” said Clinton. “The whole battle was a badge of honor. I don’t see it as a stain, because it was illegitimate.” Thus, Clinton affirmed the mark he set on history: He will be remembered as the man who set the precedent that the President can commit perjury and obstruction of justice–as long as he is a Democrat.