The Associated Press
Mar. 06, 2002
Key events in the scandal arising from former President Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky:
May 6: Paula Jones sues Clinton in federal court, alleging he asked her to a hotel room during a 1991 Arkansas state conference and exposed himself to her. She seeks $700,000 in damages.
Aug. 10: Clinton asks court to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds of presidential immunity. Judge later refuses.
May 27: Supreme Court rules the lawsuit can proceed while Clinton is president.
Jan. 17: Clinton is questioned by Jones' attorneys for six hours and denies having ``sexual relations'' with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Jan. 26: Clinton tells the American people on television, ``I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.''
Aug. 6: Lewinsky testifies before grand jury investigating Clinton for obstruction of justice.
Aug. 17: Clinton provides videotape testimony in obstruction case; says relationship with Lewinsky was ``inappropriate.''
Sept. 11: House releases independent counsel's report, called the Starr Report, on the eight-month Lewinsky affair, outlines grounds for impeachment. Clinton appears on television to apologize for the affair.
Oct. 8: House votes 258-176 for full impeachment inquiry.
Nov. 13: Clinton settles Jones' sexual harassment suit, agreeing to pay her $850,000.
Dec. 11-12: House Judiciary Committee approves four articles of impeachment against Clinton including perjury, obstruction of justice and abusing his power.
Dec. 19: House impeaches Clinton, accusing him of committing perjury and obstructing justice.
Jan. 7: Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presides as Clinton's impeachment trial opens in the Senate.
Jan. 14-16: House Republicans present their arguments against Clinton in Senate trial.
Jan. 19-21: Clinton's lawyers present their defense of the president.
Jan. 27: Senate votes to proceed with impeachment and to summon three witnesses.
Feb. 1: Lewinsky questioned by House impeachment managers.
Feb. 4: Senate votes against calling Lewinsky or any other witness to testify in person.
Feb. 12: Senate acquits Clinton; attempts to bring a censure motion are unsuccessful; Clinton tells nation he is ``profoundly sorry'' for his actions.
Apr. 12: U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright holds Clinton in contempt of court for misleading testimony in the Lewinsky matter.
July 29: Wright orders Clinton to pay about $89,000 to cover legal expenses caused by his ``intentionally false'' testimony about Lewinsky.
April 13: Clinton says he does not have ``any interest'' in seeking a pardon from his presidential successor if indicted after leaving office.
Jan. 19: Clinton strikes a deal with prosecutors to avoid indictment, accepts suspension of his license to practice law and $25,000 fine on next-to-last day in office.
March 6: Independent Counsel Robert Ray concludes in his final report that prosecutors had ample evidence to bring criminal charges against Clinton in the Lewinsky scandal.