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President Clinton testified about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky for more than four hours on Monday.

Mr. Clinton's testimony on closed-circuit TV at the White House began at 12:59 p.m. The session ended at 6:25 p.m. [ET]. Mr. Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, said that the president will address the nation at 10 p.m. tonight.

"This afternoon the president voluntarily testified for more than four hours about his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky and the questions he was asked about that relationship in the Jones deposition last January. He testified truthfully," Kendall said.

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CBS News LIVE television coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT. You can also see the president's address online in real video at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT.

At the beginning of the day, Mr. Clinton and his lawyers joined prosecutors in the White House Map Room for the president's historic testimony.

Prior to Mr. Clinton's testimony, White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry told reporters that while the president wasn't exactly looking forward to testifying, he was "feeling confident."

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CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Scott Pelley reports that jurors assembled early Monday afternoon in the Washington courthouse where they viewed Mr. Clinton's testimony through closed-circuit television.

McCurry was brief in his informal meeting with reporters, outlining the president's schedule Monday and saying that the president would tell prosecutors "the truth."

Admission Of A Sexual Relationship?
The long-awaited hearing may prove to be the most critical personal test of Mr. Clinton's presidency.

Before Monday's testimony, sources told CBS News that the president was expected to say that he had an "inappropriate sexual relationship" with Lewinsky. He was also expected to try to limit questions about the details.

Kenneth Starr arrives at White House early Monday afternoon. (CBS)
Starr is trying to determine whether President Clinton tried to coer up an alleged affair with Lewinsky, then lied about it under oath in Paula Jones' sexual harassment suit against him.

CBS News Legal Correspondent Kristen Jeannette-Meyers reports that a very specific definition of sex — including a number of sexual acts — was used in the Jones' case. The president could have contended that his denial referred only to sex as it was defined in that case. That may give Mr. Clinton a way to avoid charges of perjury, although it would not address charges of witness tampering, obstruction of justice, or other matters under investigation by Starr.

President Clinton denies sexual relationship with Lewinsky at news conference Jan. 26. (CBS)
In light of all the reports about what Mr. Clinton was going to say, the president's private attorney David Kendall issued a statement Sunday saying:

"There is apparently an enormous amount of groundless speculation about the president's testimony. The truth is the truth, period. And that's how the president will testify."

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Mr. Clinton's testimony took place in the Map Room, which is on the ground floor of the White House. It's the same place he answered questions as a witness in Whitewater-related trials. It was also the location of many of the now controversial fundraising coffees in 1995 and in 1996.

A video camera operated by the White House communications agency recorded the testimony and sent it down a secure line to the grand jury room at the courthouse.

The president's private attorneys were with him. Starr was also on hand, but he was expected to leave the questioning to his deputies.

President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky at fundraiser in October 1996. (CBS)
Jackson said. "Hillary, as the wife, there's a sense of humiliation. Hillary is dedicated to her marriage."
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