The Impeachment of President William Clinton:
|May 8, 1991
||William Clinton, Governor of
Arkansas, has an encounter with Paula Jones in a Little Rock hotel room.
|November 3, 1992
||Clinton is elected President of
the United States.
|May 6, 1994
||Paula Jones sues Clinton for
sexual harrassment. Her suit asks for $700,000 in damages.
|August 9, 1994
||Judge Kenneth Starr is appointed
Independent Counsel to investigate a real estate deal called Whitewater.
||Monica Lewinsky, age 21, begins
her job as a White House intern.
|November 15, 1995
||President Clinton and Monica
Lewinsky begin a sexual relationship.
|April 5, 1996
||A Deputy Chief of Staff to the
President transfers Lewinsky to the Pentagon.
||Clinton tells Lewinsky that he
is ending their sexual relationship.
|November 5, 1996
||Clinton, running against
Republican Robert Dole, is re-elected president.
|March 29, 1997||Clinton and Lewinsky have their last sexual encounter.|
|May 24, 1997
||On a day Lewinsky later referred
to as "Dump Day," Clinton again tells her in the Oval Office that their
sexual relationship is over, but that he hopes that they can remain
|May 27, 1997||The U. S. Supreme Court, in Jones v Clinton, rules that the Constitution does not bar the Jones suit from proceeding with discovery.|
|October 3, 1997||At the suggestion of her literary agent, Lucianne Goldberg, Linda Tripp begins secretly taping phone conversations with her "friend", Monica Lewinsky.|
|October 11, 1997
||Clinton calls Lewinsky at her
home at 2:30 A.M. and, during an emotional conversation, promised her
that he will help find her a job in New York City. He asks Vernon
Jordan to help with the job search.
|November 3, 1997||Lewinsky is offered a job with the U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, but she turns down the job. Vernon Jordan, acting at the request of the President's personal secretary, Betty Currie (and with the knowledge of the President), assists Lewinsky in finding employment in the private sector.|
|November 12, 1997
||Paula Jones is deposed by
|Late November 1997
||In a phone conversation with
Lewinsky, Tripp learns that Monica has in her possession a blue dress
with Clinton's semen stain. Tripp discourages Lewinsky's
plans to have the dress cleaned. Tripp asks to be subpoenaed by
lawyers for Paula Jones, and (probably) informs lawyers for Jones about
Lewinsky's sexual relationship with the President.
|December 5, 1997
||Clinton learns that Lewinsky's
name appears on a list of witnesses that attorneys for Paula Jones plan
|December 11, 1997
||Vernon Jordan calls an executive
at Revlon in New York to help secure a job for Lewinsky.
|December 28, 1997
||Bettie Currie collects the gifts
given to the President from Lewinsky, and hides them under her bed.
|December 31, 1997
||Lewinsky and Vernon Jordan have
breakfast. According to Lewinsky, Jordan asks her to destroy
drafts of notes she had sent to the President.
|January 7, 1998
||Lewinsky signs an affidavit
concerning her relationship with the President, for eventual submission
to lawyers for Jones.
|January 12, 1998
||Starr's office receives
information that Lewinsky was prepared to lie under oath about her
involvement with the President in the Jones case.
|January 13, 1998
||Lewinsky accepts the job offer
|January 16, 1998
||Kenneth Starr is authorized to
investigate the Lewinsky matter. FBI agents seize Lewinsky in a
food court and take her to a hotel room, where she is threatened by six
Office of Independent Counsel prosecutors with federal charges (the
prosecutors even suggest that they could charge her mother) unless she
agreed to wear a body wire for conversations with Clinton, Currie, and
Jordan. Prosecutors effectively prevent her from calling her
lawyer, who still would have had time to stop the filing of her false
affidavit in the Jones case. She is finally released at 12:23 am,
after being held for 11 hours.
|January 17, 1998
||Clinton is deposed in the Jones
case. He denies having "sexual relations" with Monica
|January 18, 1998
||Clinton meets with Currie and
discusses his deposition.
|July 28, 1998
||Lewinsky agrees to cooperate
with the Independent Counsel.
|August 17, 1998
||Clinton appears via
closed-circuit television before a grand jury. He admits his
relationship with Lewinsky was sexual and later appears on national
television to say he "misled people" and to lash out at Kenneth Starr.
|September 9, 1998
||The Starr Report on the Lewinsky
matter is submitted to Congress.
|September 11, 1998
||The Starr Report is released to
the public and posted on the Internet.
|September 21, 1998
||Clinton's grand jury videotape
|October 4, 1998
||Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, offers up to $1
million for "documentary evidence of illicit sexual relations" with
members of Congress.
|October 5, 1998
||The Judiciary Committee of the
House votes, 21 to 16 along party lines, to recommend an impeachment
|October 8, 1998
||The House of Representatives
votes, 258 to 176, to conduct an impeachment inquiry.
|November 3, 1998
||In mid-term elections, Democrats
do surprisingly well.
|Nov. 9-Dec. 10, 1998
||The House Judiciary Committee
holds hearings on impeachment.
|November 17, 1998
||The Judiciary Committee releases
22 hours of taped conversations between Lewinsky and Linda Tripp.
|November 27, 1998
||Clinton submits answers to 81
question posed to him by the Judiciary Committee.
|December 11-12, 1998
||The House Judiciary Committee
approves four articles of impeachment, relating to perjury before the
grand jury, obstruction of justice, perjury in a civil deposition, and
abuse of power.
|December 19, 1998
||The House impeaches President
Clinton, approving two of four articles of impeachment. Bob
Livingston resigns. Vice-President Gore and House Democrats join
Clinton in a show of support on the South Lawn of the White House.
|January 7, 1999
||The impeachment trial formally
the Senate. Chief Justice Rehnquist is sworn in as the presiding
judge. The charges are read.
|January 12, 1999
||Clinton settles the Paula Jones
suit for $850,000.
|January 14, 1999
||Opening statements are delivered
by five of the House Managers of the prosecution.
|January 15, 1999
||Opening statements by the
Managers continue and the Chief Justice issues his first ruling,
upholding an objection by Senator Harkin to the Managers' use of the
word "jurors" in referring to the Senators.
|January 19, 1999
||Opening statements by the
defense team begin hours before President Clinton delivers his State of
the Union address.
|January 21, 1999
||A speech by former Senator Dale
Bumpers wraps up the opening arguments for the President.
|January 22, 1999
||The Senate begins a two-day
question and answer period. Starr's office seeks a court order
requiring Lewinsky to meet with the House Managers.
|January 23, 1999
||Ordered to meet with the
Managers, Lewinsky is mobbed by media when she returns to Washington.
|January 24, 1999
||Lewinsky meets with three House
Managers in a Washington hotel room.
|January 25, 1999
||The Managers decide to produce
just three witnesses for the trial, Lewinsky, Jordan, and Sidney
|January 27, 1999
||The Senate rejects a Democratic
proposal to dismiss the case on a 56 to 44 vote, with one Democrat
(Feingold of Wisconsin) voting with the Republicans.
|February 1, 1999
||Monica Lewinksy is deposed on
videotape by House Manager Ed Bryant.
|February 2, 1999
||Vernon Jordan is deposed on
videotape by House Manager Asa Hutchinson.
|February 4, 1999
||The Senate votes not to have
live witnesses on the Senate floor, but to allow presentations of the
videotaped testimony of three witnesses.
|February 6, 1999
||The Senate watches videotaped
testimony from Lewinsky, Jordan, and Blumenthal.
|February 8, 1999
||Closing arguments in the
impeachment trial are presented by both sides.
|February 9, 1999
||Deliberations by the 100
Senators begin behind closed doors.
|February 12, 1999
||The trial ends. The Senate
acquits the President, voting 45 to 55 for conviction on the perjury
count and 50 to 50 for conviction on the obstruction of justice count.