He became a public figure when a friend of his, Congressman Henry Hyde, asked him to be the Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, which was holding an inquiry on whether President Bill Clinton had committed impeachable offenses in his handling of the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit, during which he allegedly committed perjury regarding his affair with then White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. Schippers was a lifelong Democrat, but accepted and took the job in April 1998.
After an investigation which made headlines and television coverage around the world, the committee in December 1998 voted to impeach Clinton, a decision which Schippers himself supported.
In early 1999, being appalled at how the U.S. Senate conducted the impeachment trial, he penned the book "Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment," which vigorously attacked the Clinton White House and portrayed some members of the Senate in an unfavorable light. He also proceeded to do some investigative work for the conservative legal watch-dog group Judicial Watch.
Claims to fame: Attorney; special impeachment counsel to the House Judiciary Committee; leading anti-Clinton moralizer; â€œdevout Catholicâ€; adulterer; liar; hypocrite in the extreme
Moral apex: While blasting President Clinton for the Lewinsky affair, was still carrying on 25-year affair with secretary Nancy Ruggero â€” which ended only when Ruggero, finally sick of waiting for him to follow through on promise to leave wife, married somebody else.
Whatâ€™s more: Schippers was not only married, but married some 45 years, and had 10 children (and 25 grandchildren). Continued affair even after wife Jackie found out (she had him followed).
Whatâ€™s more: In lawsuit filed by business partner, Schippers lied under oath that he was not romantically involved with Ruggero. (What was it everybody was saying about Clinton again?)
Height of hypocrisy: On â€œ60 Minutes,â€ called wife Jackie â€œhis one and only sweetheart.â€
No, wait â€” this is the height of hypocrisy: Actually brought mistress to the Clinton impeachment proceedings as an observerâ€¦ while his wife was there too.
Amazing fact: Had the temerity to be jealous of Ruggeroâ€™s new marriage â€” yet not only attended her wedding, but walked her down the aisle.
Fun fact #1: Once studied for the priesthood.
Fun fact #2: Heâ€™s a Papal Knight â€” one of a Catholic order of only a few hundred men in the world.