Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely: The Biggest Political Scandals in American History

The United States of America was built on a foundation of equality, liberty, and justice for all! It’s an honorable mission statement that should theoretically strike fear in the heart of all ill-intentioned American citizens. But, as we’ve seen throughout history, hard-line laws don’t always deter hard-line criminals.

Today on FilthyRich, we focus in on a very particular set of rulebreakers. Those that had their fingers crossed behind their back while swearing an oath to the American people. The politicians, civil servants, and power brokers that abused their influence to manipulate the system for power, money, or both. So, without further adieu, let’s dive in to the shadowy history of U.S. political scandals and explore the biggest political scandals in American history.

Bill Clinton v. Monica Lewinsky

Relative to the other scandals on this list, it’s tempting to classify the whole Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky ordeal as a low-impact scandal. That said, when news broke in ’98 of Clinton’s sexual relationship with the then 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky, it was as if the entire world stopped spinning.

Yes, Bill Clinton definitely had sexual relations with that woman. Not long after the now infamous sound bite, Clinton was charged with perjury, which led to his impeachment and a 21-day senate trial. Eventually, President Clinton was acquitted of all charges. His reputation however, has never fully recovered.

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