Political corruption Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal and other various other recent political scandals

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Presidential scandals and mob dealings were the main incidences of corruption in the United States during 1999. Above all else, the scandal involving former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky absorbed the majority of the media's time and energy in 1999. There were other instances of scandals and corruption, but none that could hold a candle to this presidential sex scandal.

Monica Lewinsky was a young White House intern that had sexual relations with the former president Bill Clinton while he held office. This is not the first time extra-marital relations have happened in the White House, and most likely won't be the last, but it will be the most famous. Sexual relations are stated to have taken place when, "the person knowingly engages or caused contact with the genitalia, groin, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person".

According to Lewinsky, former white house intern, this is precisely what happened between her and the former president Bill Clinton.

It was a clever case of corruption because it wasn't a tactic to further Bill Clinton's career; he was already at the top of his career ladder. It wasn't an incident involving monetary value or a plan to influence any policy. It wasn't something that was recorded on the books for an intelligent and nosy reporter to uncover; it was an affair between two people, simply for the former president's enjoyment. What made the affair a scandal was the fact that the affair involved out nation's leader.

Paula Jones brought the affair into the public eye. This woman had accused Clinton of sexually harassing her while he was governor of Arkansas. To strengthen her case, she began digging up all the indiscretions...