12 January 1994.
Bill Clinton, under pressure, requests a special prosecutor to investigate questions about his involvement in Whitewater.
20 January 1994
Janet Reno the Attorney General selects Robert B. Fiske Jr. as special prosecutor.
6 May 1994
Paula Jones files a lawsuit alleging Clinton sexually harassed her in an Arkansas hotel room three years earlier while she was a state clerk and he was governor.
5 August 1994
After Congress reauthorises 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 on Fiske's investigation.
7 January 1998
Called to testify in Paula Jones's sexual harassment case, Monica Lewinsky denies she ever had a sexual relationship with the President. She allegedly asks Linda Tripp, a "friend", to lie for her as well. But Tripp has another agenda.
Tripp wears a hidden microphone for the FBI and records intimate conversations with Lewinsky about the President. Prosecutors vainly ask Lewinsky to co-operate with them.
Matt Drudge, the scandalmonger of the Internet, reports that Newsweek has shelved an expose of an affair between Clinton and Lewinsky.
The Washington Post reports the existence of the tapes that Tripp made of her chats with Lewinsky.
Clinton denies sexual relations with Lewinsky: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," he tells reporters, without elaborating on his somewhat idiosyncratic definition of sex.
Hillary Clinton appears on national television to defend her husband, calling detractors' allegations a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
The Clintons' aplomb, combined with Middle America's indifference, combine to give "President Houdini" his first great escape of the year. Opinion polls show Clinton's approval ratings at an all-time high.
As Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor, continues his investigation into the President's peccadilloes, Kathleen Willey, another former White House worker, accuses the President on television of fondling her next to the door of the Oval Office.
Paula Jones's sexual harassment case against the President is dismissed. Willey's claims justfade away
Lewinsky replaces her high-profile lawyer, William Ginsburg. Starr hasn't managed to convince Lewinsky to testify, but his tentacles are spreading.
Linda Tripp testifies before a grand jury in Washington. She makes no public comments. Clinton's approval remains high.
Kenneth Starr announces he has finally reached a deal giving Lewinsky immunity from prosecution for perjury. In exchange he will get from her full details about her relationship with the President.
Lewinsky testifies in front of a grand jury for six hours.
On the day of his long-awaited testimony the President tells the grand jury, and the nation, that he had a relationship with Lewinsky that was "not appropriate." He does not apologise.
Clinton orders the bombing of a "chemical weapons plant" in Sudan and a terrorist base in Afghanistan.
Clinton apologises for the affair: "I'm sorry," he tells America.
Starr sends his finished report to Congress under high security. He has found "substantial and credible information...that may constitute grounds for impeachment." Clinton is contrite on TV.
The Starr report, in all its damning, lurid detail, is published on the Internet.
Clinton's video testimony to the grand jury is shown on TV, but it does not trigger his anticipated downfall
Democrats increase seats in the Congressional mid-term elections - a massive boost for Clinton.
House speaker-elect Bob Livingston insists he wants an impeachment vote even if it appears it will go in favour of the President.
The House judiciary committee proposes four articles of impeachment.
Congressmen launch into a heated and controversial debate on impeachment.
The House votes to impeach Clinton.
Polls show Clinton's approval rating still rising.
7 January 1999.
Impeachment trial of the President begins in Senate. Chief Justice William Rehnquist sworn in to preside. He swears in the 100 senators as jurors.
Monica Lewinsky is interviewed privately by House prosecutors.
The Senate rejects a motion to dismiss the charges. It authorises subpoenas for questioning of Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sidney Blumenthal.
Lewinsky, Jordan and
Blumenthal give videod deposition to House managers and the president's lawyers.
Senate votes to allow showing of the videotaped testimony during the trial. Senators reject calling live witnesses.
Clips from the videotaped testimony of Lewinsky, Jordan and Blumenthal as well as Clinton are played publicly at the 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 votes. President Clinton survives.Reuse content