These Are the Most Shocking U.S. Political Scandals of All Time

Political scandals have been around since the beginning of American history. Though we’d like to elect morally upright people to lead us, politics and dishonesty can go hand-in-hand, as history shows. From the first major sex scandal of Alexander Hamilton to the infamous Watergate scandal, these are the most shocking political scandals of all time.

1. The Lewinsky Scandal

Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton admitted they were close. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Soon after her unpaid internship began, Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton began their affair. By December, she earned a paid position in the White House. (The Washington Post said, if nothing else, she was an extremely hard worker.)

In April 1996, Lewinsky moved to a job in the Pentagon because some expressed concern that she spent too much time with the president. While there, she opened up to co-worker Linda Tripp about the affair. But Tripp was secretly recording their conversations, according to US News.

Tripp eventually sent the recordings to Kenneth Starr, who investigated Clinton’s alleged sexual harassment of Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones. Clinton repeatedly denied claims of his relationship with Lewinsky until he admitted on August 17, 1998 to “having a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate.”

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