Should Monica Lewinsky cost President Clinton his job, he won't be starving in his ``retirement.''
He won't get a federal pension - no president does - but he'll get $151,800 a year as a monetary allowance whether he serves out his term or resigns. In fact, the only way he'll lose that allowance is if he's impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate.
That annual allowance is linked to the pay of Cabinet officials and would rise in tandem with any pay raises Cabinet members receive.
If he is forced out of office in disgrace, Mr. Clinton also could lose more than $1 million in annual allowances for staff, security and travel-related expenses, as well as a taxpayer-paid office. However, he would get to keep his minuscule Arkansas state pension, for his service as attorney general and state governor, the post he quit to run for the presidency in 1992.
His state pension would probably not be jeopardized because most states take away pensions only for crimes committed while in office.