“Don’t you think this embarrasses the President of the United States?” , a young woman named Paula Jones (Annalee Ashford) from Arkansas was asked in a television interview on the second episode of “American Crime Story: Impeachment.” You claim the ruler at that time Bill Clinton I exposed myself to her and took sexual steps.
“You know,” says the young lady, “I didn’t do this. He’s the one who did something to me. He put himself in this situation.” It is a re-enactment of a scene seen on American television in June 1994. CNNJournalist Judy Woodruff actually asks that question.
It has been more than twenty-five years since Jones insisted on an apology from the president. She took her case to the Supreme Court; It was to provoke Clinton’s impeachment proceedings. Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment,” the third season of the “American Crime” series after “The People v. OJ Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” tells it all now, is a retrospective worth watching.
“No sexual relationship”
The central figure of the scandal, of course, was Monica Lewinsky, then twenty-two years. As a White House intern, she had an eighteen-month relationship with Clinton that became public during the trial initiated by Paula Jones. The fact that Clinton asserted under oath that “there was no sexual relationship” with Lewinsky led to charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and eventually impeachment. Clinton escaped trial. Monica Lewinsky became an outcast and the target of endless jokes.
The main character of the series is initially not Lewinsky (Benny Feldstein), but Linda Tripp, who is faithfully played by Ryan Murphy’s muse Sarah Paulson (the main character was secretive as Prosecutor Marcia Clark in “The People v. OJ Simpson”). Tripp is a low-ranking government official. She considers her transfer from the White House to the Pentagon an insult. With a book revealing it White House She wants to get the attention she thinks he deserves. When she meets Monica Lewinsky and makes her girlfriend on Clinton-related matters, the plan seems to be working.
Romantic gifts in the West Wing
Dismissal tells the scandal from the perspective of women: Paula Jones, Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky. It is women who are manipulated and betrayed by men, as well as other women. With the usual sharp eye of Ryan Murphys and his co-authors, these are more victims of the arrogance of male power and sexual favors — and Clinton, played by Clive Owen, doesn’t come across as a monster either.
Lewinsky of Feldstein is a romantically conned young woman who falls head over heels in an affair with the President. She sits feverishly in front of the phone, visits him all the time in the West Wing with gifts and wants to protect him even when he puts them in the cold.