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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton, 1993

In October, 1998, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives decided with a bipartisan vote of 258–176 (31 Democrats joined Republicans) to commence impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998, on grounds of perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice. On this day, January 7, in 1999, the Senate trial for Clinton’s impeachment began – he would go on to be ruled “not guilty” on both charges.

Karsh had closed his studio in Ottawa in 1992, aged 84, but in 1993 he traveled to the White House to photograph the new president and new First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 1993. And Clinton installed Karsh’s “Roaring Lion” Churchill portrait when he moved into his new residence. See the portraits of Hillary Clinton, and the two together.