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Timeline for White House Sex Scandal
Here is a chronology of the key events in the White House sex scandal.
1994
Jan. 12
AP
Under pressure, President Clinton asks that a special prosecutor be named to investigate his Whitewater land dealings.
Jan. 20Attorney General Janet Reno selects Robert B. Fiske Jr. as special prosecutor.
May 6
AP
Paula Jones files a lawsuit alleging Clinton sexually harassed her in a Little Rock, Ark., hotel room three years earlier while she was a state clerk and he was governor.
Aug. 5After Congress reauthorizes the defunct Independent Counsel Act and Clinton signs it, a panel of three federal appeals court judges appoints former Bush administration Solicitor General Kenneth Starr to take over Fiske's investigation.
1996
Nov. 5Clinton re-elected.
1997
May 27ThSupreme Court rules Mrs. Jones can pursue her lawsuit while Clinton is in office.
Dec. 5Monica Lewinsky named on a list of potential witnesses in Mrs. Jones' lawsuit.
Dec. 19
AP
Lewinsky served with subpoena to appear at a deposition for the Jones suit and to turn over gifts from Clinton.
1998
Jan. 7Lewinsky signs affidavit for Jones case saying she had no sexual relationship with Clinton.
Jan. 12A confidante of Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, gives Starr's office tapes she made of conversations between herself and Lewinsky.
Jan. 16
AP
Court panel gives Starr authority to investigate Lewinsky matters. Prosecutors confront Lewinsky and unsuccessfully seek her cooperation.
Jan. 17Clinton testifies in Mrs. Jones' lawsuit and denies a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.
Jan. 26Clinton declares publicly, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman. ... I never told anybody to lie."
March 15Former Clinton aide Kathleen Willey appears on CBS' 60 Minutes, saying Clinton made a sexual advance to her in the White House in 1993.
April 1In Arkansas, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismisses Jones' lawsuit.
Aug. 6Under immunity from prosecution, Lewinsky testifies to the Starr grand jury.
Aug. 17Clinton undergoes more than four hours of questioning before the grand jury. He then says in a televised speech, "I did have a relationship with Lewinsky that was not appropriate. ... It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible."
Sept. 9Starr tells House leaders he has found "substantial and credible information ... that may constitute grounds for impeachment." He delivers 36 boxes holding two copies of his report and supporting evidence.
Oct. 8House votes to hold impeachment inquiry.
Nov. 3Democrats pick up five House seats in the election. Exit polls show almost two-thirds of voters don't want Clinton impeached.
Nov. 13Clinton agrees to pay Mrs. Jones $850,000 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit, with no apology or admission of guilt.
Nov. 20Starr's ethics adviser, Sam Dash, resigns, objecting to Starr's testifying before Congress in support of impeachment report.
Nov. 27Answering questions from Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Ill., Clinton writes the Judiciary Committee that his testimony in the Lewinsky affair was "not false and misleading."
Dec. 11House Judiciary Committee approves impeachment articles I, II and III, which accuse the president of perjury in the Jones deposition, perjury in his grand jury testimony and obstruction of justice in the Jones case.
Dec. 12Committee approves a fourth and final article, including charges of perjury regarding Clinton's responses to its questions. The committee rejects a substitute resolution backed by Democrats that would instead censure Clinton for "reprehensible conduct."
Dec. 17House delays debate on articles of impeachment while the United States launches military strikes against Iraq.
Dec. 19Clinton impeached by the House on articles I and III, perjury and obstruction of justice. Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., in line to become speaker of the House, announces he will leave Congress after disclosure of sexual affairs.
Dec. 20Polls show Clinton's approval rating continues to rise.
1999
Jan. 7Impeachment trial begins in Senate. Chief Justice William Rehnquist sworn in to preside. He swears in the 100 senators as jurors.
Jan. 24Lewinsky interviewed privately by House prosecutors under judge's order.
Jan. 28After two weeks of arguments by House prosecutors and Clinton's lawyers, the Senate rejects a motion to dismiss the charges. It authorizes subpoenas for questioning of Lewinsky, presidential friend Vernon Jordan and White House aide Sidney Blumenthal.
Feb. 1-3Lewinsky, Jordan and Blumenthal deposed by House managers and lawyers for the president.
Feb. 4Senate votes to allow showing that videotaped testimony during the trial. Senators reject calling live witnesses.
Feb. 6Clips from the videotaped testimony of Lewinsky, Jordan and Blumenthal, as well as videotaped testimony from Clinton are played publicly at Senate trial.
Feb. 8House managers and White House lawyers present closing arguments.
Feb. 9Senate declines to change rules to allow open deliberations on impeachment articles and begins private deliberations.
Feb. 10-11Senate continues private deliberations.
Feb. 12Senate votes to acquit President Clinton.


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