|Timeline for White House Sex Scandal
Here is a chronology of the key events in the White House sex scandal.
|Under pressure, President Clinton asks that a special prosecutor be named to investigate his Whitewater land dealings.
|Attorney General Janet Reno selects Robert B. Fiske Jr. as special prosecutor.
|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.
|After 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.
|ThSupreme Court rules Mrs. Jones can pursue her lawsuit while Clinton is in office.
|Monica Lewinsky named on a list of potential witnesses in Mrs. Jones' lawsuit.
|Lewinsky served with subpoena to appear at a deposition for the Jones suit and to turn over gifts from Clinton.
|Lewinsky signs affidavit for Jones case saying she had no sexual relationship with Clinton.
|A confidante of Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, gives Starr's office tapes she made of conversations between herself and Lewinsky.
|Court panel gives Starr authority to investigate Lewinsky matters. Prosecutors confront Lewinsky and unsuccessfully seek her cooperation.
|Clinton testifies in Mrs. Jones' lawsuit and denies a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.
|Clinton declares publicly, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman. ... I never told anybody to lie."
|Former Clinton aide Kathleen Willey appears on CBS' 60 Minutes, saying Clinton made a sexual advance to her in the White House in 1993.
|In Arkansas, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismisses Jones' lawsuit.
|Under immunity from prosecution, Lewinsky testifies to the Starr grand jury.
|Clinton 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."
|Starr 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.
|House votes to hold impeachment inquiry.
|Democrats pick up five House seats in the election. Exit polls show almost two-thirds of voters don't want Clinton impeached.
|Clinton agrees to pay Mrs. Jones $850,000 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit, with no apology or admission of guilt.
|Starr's ethics adviser, Sam Dash, resigns, objecting to Starr's testifying before Congress in support of impeachment report.
|Answering questions from Chairman Henry Hyde, R-Ill., Clinton writes the Judiciary Committee that his testimony in the Lewinsky affair was "not false and misleading."
|House 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.
|Committee 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."
|House delays debate on articles of impeachment while the United States launches military strikes against Iraq.
|Clinton 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.
|Polls show Clinton's approval rating continues to rise.
|Impeachment trial begins in Senate. Chief Justice William Rehnquist sworn in to preside. He swears in the 100 senators as jurors.
|Lewinsky interviewed privately by House prosecutors under judge's order.
|After 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.
|Lewinsky, Jordan and Blumenthal deposed by House managers and lawyers for the president.
|Senate votes to allow showing that videotaped testimony during the trial. Senators reject calling live witnesses.
|Clips from the videotaped testimony of Lewinsky, Jordan and Blumenthal, as well as videotaped testimony from Clinton are played publicly at Senate trial.
|House managers and White House lawyers present closing arguments.
|Senate declines to change rules to allow open deliberations on impeachment articles and begins private deliberations.
|Senate continues private deliberations.
|Senate votes to acquit President Clinton.
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