7 January 1998
Lewinsky testifies in Jones case
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 and ex-White House employee, to lie for her as well. But Tripp has another agenda.
Tripp tapes chats with Lewinsky
Tripp wears a hidden microphone for the FBI and records intimate conversations with Lewinsky about the President. Subsequently, prosecutors ask Lewinsky to co-operate in their investigation. She refuses.
Rumours fly on the Internet
Matt Drudge, the scandalmonger of the Internet, reports that Newsweek has shelved an expose of an affair between Clinton and Lewinsky.
Existence of Tripp's tapes reported
The Washington Post reports the existence of the tapes that Tripp made of her chats with Lewinsky.
Clinton denies sexual relations with Lewinsky
The scandal has enveloped Washington and the world. With newspapers debating the President's demise, he denies having an affair with Lewinsky.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman," he tells reporters, without elaborating on his somewhat unusual definition of sex.
Hillary Clinton defends husband on television
Hillary Clinton appears on national television to defend her husband, calling detractors' allegations a "vast right-wing conspiracy".
President Houdini appears to escape
The Clintons' aplomb, combined with Middle America's indifference, combine to give "President Houdini" his first great escape of the year. Opinion polls show the President's approval ratings at an all-time high.
Kathleen Willey accuses Clinton of fondling
As Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor, continues his investigation into the President's alleged peccadilloes, Kathleen Willey, another former White House worker, accuses the President on television of fondling her by the door to the Oval Office.
Jones case dismissed
Paula Jones's sexual harassment case against the President is dismissed. Willey's claims fade without making much impact.
Lewinsky fires lawyer
After weeks of tense negotiations and impasse between Starr's office and Lewinsky, she replaces her high-profile lawyer, William Ginsburg. Starr hasn't managed to convince Lewinsky to testify, but his tentacles are spreading.
30 June 1998
Linda Tripp testifies before a Grand Jury
Linda Tripp testifies before a Grand Jury in Washington. She makes no public comments, but has already become one of the most unpopular women in America. Clinton's approval remains high.
28 July 1998
Starr offers Monica Lewinski immunity
Kenneth Starr announces he has finally reached a deal giving Lewinsky immunity from prosecution for perjury in exchange for full details about her relationship with the President.
Lewinsky testifies in front of a Grand Jury
Lewinsky testifies in front of a Grand Jury for six hours.
Clinton confesses on national TV
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 and looks relaxed on TV as he goes to Martha's Vineyard on 18 August
Clinton orders bombing
Clinton orders the bombing of a "chemical weapons plant" in Sudan and a terrorist base in Afghanistan.
Clinton says he is sorry
, Clinton apologises for the affair: "I'm sorry," he tells America.
Starr completes report
Starr sends his completed report to Congress under high security; Clinton appears contrite on TV again.
Starr report published
The Starr report, in all its damning, lurid detail, is published on the Internet.
Clinton's testimony shown on TV
Clinton's video testimony to the Grand Jury is shown on TV. Predictions that it would trigger his immediate downfall are wrong.
The impeachment inquiry appears to be floundering.
Democrats gain seats
Democrats increase seats in the Congressional mid-term elections. Clinton sheds his contrition and regains his confidence - and cockiness.
Ethics adviser resigns
Starr's ethics adviser resigns after the special prosecutor defends his much-derided report in front of Congress.
Demand made for impeachment vote
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.
After lobbying by the President's aides and Hillary, Congressmen launch into a heated and controversial debate on impeachment.
Vote to impeach
Lobbying fails. The House votes to impeach Clinton.Reuse content