FROM THE ARCHIVES
Henry Moniz L’89 R E M E M B E R S T H E
Democrats sitting in shock as the Republicans yelled, “No!” “That was one of those moments — I remember it like it was yesterday,” said Moniz, who was sitting in the House Chamber when, on Dec. 19, 1998, Rep. Robert Livingston (R-LA) announced he was withdrawing as House Speaker candidate and vacating his congressional seat amid scandal, just days before hearings began for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Moniz was there as temporary counsel for the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation. “A lot of it felt like I was in a movie,” recalled Moniz, who now serves as chief compliance officer, chief audit executive and head of strategic business practices at Viacom. His first day on the job, he met with Monica Lewinsky’s lawyers, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris, to review evidence. A high point was meeting his personal hero, Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, who testified days before dying. Friends razzed him when he appeared to be sleeping on the front page of The New York Times. It was a snapshot of the first day of hearings, and Rep. Michael Forbes (R-NY) had just stepped on Moniz’s foot.
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