30 November, 2020

Thought For The Morrow

As Clinton's lawyers battle it out, experts say he will be a 'crippled' president even if he survives

Thought For The Morrow
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FOR a moment let's consider what could happen to William Jefferson Clinton if he decides to throw in the towel and depart from the White House. According to political analysts and legal sources, Clinton stands to lose one of the best pensions from the federal government—$152,000 a year for life, indexed to rise with inflation. That is if he is impeached, found guilty and ousted from office.

According to one calculation, since Clinton might be the youngest ex-President since Theodore Roosevelt left office in 1909—John F. Kennedy was assassinated at 46—the financial stakes are high for him. The National Taxpayers Union, a nonpartisan group advocating presidential and congressional pension reform, asserts that Clinton could get $6.34 million in pension. He also would be entitled to an estimated $15 million over his lifetime for office space, plus staff and travel salaries and allowances.

If Clinton resigns, he could perhaps retain all that. Richard M. Nixon, who quit when impeachment proceedings loomed over the Watergate...

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