DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: THE IMPEACHMENT STORY
SUBSECTION: LEWINSKY TIMELINE
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List of known Grand Jury Witnesses:
14 Secret Service Agents
WJC=William Jefferson Clinton, Bill Clinton, President Clinton
June ML begins work at the White House as an unpaid intern.
Nov 15 WJC/ML relationship begins
Dec ML promoted from intern to Office of Legislative Affairs
April After months of being at the White House and frequent encounters, exchanges of gifts, etc. - ML is moved to the Pentagon. ML protests her transfer in a three page letter to her former supervisor saying "How could you do this to me?"
April 7 According to case intelligence, WJC attended an Easter Sunday church service at Washington's Foundry United Methodist Church that was filled with references to the death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and the other 32 Americans killed in a plane crash in Croatia earlier that week. Accompanied by his wife, Hillary, and his daughter, Chelsea, WJC listened to a series of prayers memorializing the dead. After attending Easter Sunday church services, WJC reportedly shared some private time with White House intern ML. "They engaged in sex on Easter Sunday -- in the White House," one well- placed source with direct knowledge of ML's White House visits reveals to the DRUDGE REPORT.
April 17 ML moves to the Pentagon as a confidential aide to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and becomes friends with Linda R. Tripp, who had formerly worked as secretary to the White House counsel, Bernard W. Nussbaum. .
May 1 Date that Clinton met with Arafat - day of the "cigar" episode
May (Drudge) In a bizarre daytime sex session, that occurred just off the Oval Office in the White House, WJC watched as intern ML reportedly masturbated with his cigar. One sex session reportedly took place as Yasser Arafat waited in the Rose Garden for his scheduled meeting with the president. According to multiple sources close to the case, WJC allegedly masturbated as ML performed the sex show with his cigar in a small room off the Oval Office. It is not clear if WJC or ML kept the cigar, or if ML testified on the specifics of the encounter before a federal grand jury this week. ML's testimony has been described as graphic, and included unusual practices.
May –Nov ML tapes: phone sex, WJC promises that she will be able to come back to the White House after the election is over, will spend more time together, marriage woes.
October 23 Lewinsky and Clinton hug - video is shot at a 1996 Presidential find- raiser.
Nov. 6 ML in a beret and WJC hug - video is shot at a White House post election rally.
ML at Pentagon, tapes: phone sex
Dec. 1996-June 1997
Feb. 14 Lewinsky places a personal Valentine's Day ad in The Washington Post intended for the president. Lewinsky reportedly tells Tripp that Clinton was "ga-ga" over the ad, which quoted lines from "Romeo and Juliet," was addressed to "Handsome" and was signed "M," according to the source. The ad read:
With love's light wings did
I o'er perch these walls
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do that dares love attempt.
---Romeo and Juliet 2:2
Happy Valentine's Day
Mar Tripp attempts to contact Lindsey to warn that a reporter was asking about Willey
July ML tells WJC she's worried about getting caught up in the Jones case. WJC says not to worry.
Aug Linda Tripp tells Newsweek she saw Kathleen Willey leave the Oval Office after she fought of WJC's sexual advances. WJC attorney Bob Bennett declares "Linda Tripp should not be believed."
Aug Curries Brother severely beaten and hospitalized; The next day-Currie testifies in campaign finance hearing before senate.
The Oreganian 1/28/98 ".Like other proceedings of the grand jury, Currie's testimony was sealed. .... Currie described her job in detail in August during a deposition taken by Senate investigators probing the campaign finance scandal. Athough White House lawyers advised her to postpone the session because her brother, Theodore Williams, had been severely beaten and hospitalized the night before [in August], Currie sat through the five-hour grilling without complaint. ..... "
Aug – Sept WJC loses interest. Lewinskey sulks.
Sept Linda Tripp begins taping conversations with ML
Sept Linda Tripp begins taping conversations with Lewinsky
TAPE EXCERPTS: Lewinsky: "Look, maybe we should just tell the creep. Maybe we should just say, don't ever talk to me again, I (expletive) you over (by telling others about the affair), now you have this information, do whatever you want with it."
Tripp: "Well, if you want to do that, that's what I would do. But I don't know if you're comfortable with that. I think he should know."
Lewinsky: "He won't settle (the Paula Jones case). He's in denial."
Lewinsky, on how difficult it would be to tell Clinton she had been talking to others about the situation: "If I do that, I'm just going to (expletive) kill myself."
Lewinsky: "I was thinking about the fact that I sent a note to Nancy (Hernreich, as assistant to the president), a note to Betty (Currie, the president's personal secretary), and a note to creep to thank them all for when my family came for the radio address. The note I sent to him, 'Dear Schmucko, thank you for being, as my little nephew said, it was great to meet the principal of the United States."'
Oct Tripp told Starr of a night in October, 1997 when she stayed over at Monica's apartment. She showed Tripp around the Watergate apartment and showed her a picture, snapped by an official White House photographer, of Lewinsky standing in a dark blue dress with the President of the United States. Funny that it should be that particular dress. Monica had joked with Linda that she had saved it as a souvenir of an encounter with Clinton. Do you want to see it? she asked Linda, taking her over to a walk-in closet and pointing to it. See, there it is, Monica said. But Linda is a conservative sort, something of a prude, her friends say, an unlikely confidant for so passionately confiding a lady as Monica, and she wasn't interested in looking too closely in the dim light of the crowded closet.
Oct Email Tripp to ML "Please give me a break; I can't take this."
Oct ML wants to go back to White House, but is banned. WJC & VJ won't return her phone calls. Betty Currie runs interference for WJC. ML sends tape to WJC
Oct 7 - Dec 8 ML sent 8 pkgs to WJC; 1 pkg. to Vernon Jordan ("VJ")
Oct 31 ML meets with Bill Richardson and aide (Rebecca Cooper) to discuss possible UN job. (Both Betty Currie ("BC") and John Podesta talked to Richardson about possible job position at United Nations for ML)
Nov 4 ML notifies her bosses at DoD that she is quitting her job.
Nov 5 According to Ginsberg, ML first met with VJ on this date.
Nov 14 Date that Clinton met with Zedillo - and Monica allegedly hid in the closet.
Nov 15 Rebecca Cooper (United Nations) offers ML a job.
Nov 24 Linda Tripp subpoenaed in Jones case
Nov 24 Email Tripp to ML "The information alone is a heavy burden, one I did not ask for"
Nov While WJC was meeting with the president of Mexico in November, 1997, was ML "hiding" nearby in the president's study? According to Newsweek magazine, an informed source says that's the story that ML has told to Linda Tripp. The source says ML told Tripp that she was waiting in the study to perform oral sex on the president. The president did meet with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo in November.
Dec ML flew to London for a few days and shopped at the famed Harrods department store
Dec 5 Bob Bennett received notice that ML was on the Jones subpoena list.
Dec 8 BC calls VJ regarding ML job search. (Between Dec. 8 and Jan. 12, VJ and ML meet three times and talk on phone seven times.) Shortly thereafter, VJ contacts Young-Rubican regarding ML.
Dec 10 VJ contacts AMEX re possible job for ML.
Dec 10 or 11 ML writes to Revlon and tells them that VJ suggested that she contact them.
Dec 11 ML meets with VJ for lunch. VJ briefs Lindsey.
Mid-Dec ML interviews with Young-Rubican.
Dec 15 Clinton gets request from Jones team for Lewinski related documents; Currie's brother killed in auto accident.
Richmond Times Dispatch 12/17/97 "A New York motorist survived a plunge down an embankment after his vehicle hit a truck on Interstate 95 in Hanover County on Monday, but he was killed when he was struck by another truck after he climbed the embankment. Theodore R. Williams, 52, of Fort Washington was traveling south about 11 a.m. when his vehicle hit a truck and plunged down the embankment just south of state Route 674, state police said. After the crash, Williams climbed up the embankment and stepped onto the roadway where he was hit by the second truck."
Dec 17 2-3am-Clinton tells Lewinski of Currie's brother's death and tells her she is now a witness in Jones matter.
Starr Report SectionXI subsection F: On December 15, 1997, Paula Jones's lawyers served President Clinton with her second set of document requests by overnight mail. These requests asked the President to "produce documents that related to communications between the President and Monica Lewisky" [sic]. This was the first Paula Jones discovery request to refer to Monica Lewinsky by name. Ms. Lewinsky testified that in the early-morning hours of December 17, at roughly 2:00 or 2:30 a.m., she received a call from the President. The call lasted about half an hour. The President gave Ms. Lewinsky two items of news: Ms. Currie's brother had died in a car accident, and Ms. Lewinsky's name had appeared on the witness list in the Jones case. According to Ms. Lewinsky, the President said "it broke his heart" to see her name on the witness list. The President told her that she would not necessarily be subpoenaed; if she were, he "suggested she could sign an affidavit to try to satisfy [Ms. Jones's] inquiry and not be deposed." The President told Ms. Lewinsky to contact Ms. Currie in the event she were subpoenaed. He also reviewed one of their established cover stories. He told Ms. Lewinsky that she "should say she visited the [White House] to see Ms. Currie and, on occasion when working at the [White House], she brought him letters when no one else was around." The President's advice "was . . . instantly familiar to [Ms. Lewinsky]." She testified that the President's use of this "misleading" story amounted to a continuation of their pre-existing pattern. Later in the conversation, according to Ms. Lewinsky, the President said he would try to get Ms. Currie to come in over the weekend so that Ms. Lewinsky could visit and he could give her several Christmas presents. Ms. Lewinsky replied that, since Ms. Currie's brother had just died, perhaps they should "let Betty be."
Dec 17 Jones lawyers mail subpoena to ML. American Express VP Thomas Schick calls ML and sets up a job interview.
A few days prior to Dec 19 ML, 24, made a $11,000 payment on a credit card
Dec 19 (Friday) ML receives subpoena to testify in Jones case. ML goes to VJ office and meets with him. VJ calls Frank Carter to set up appointment for ML on Dec. 22 (Monday). ML contacts WJC.
Dec. 19 The Jones subpoena served on ML ordered her to hand over "each and every gift including, but not limited to, any and all dresses, accessories, and jewelry, and/or hat pins given to you by, or on behalf of, Defendant WJC." The president had given her a T-shirt and a book of poetry, among other gifts.
Dec 19 or 20 VJ visits WH and meets with WJC and demands to know about the subpoena and asks WJC if he ever had relationship with ML (which WJC denies).
Dec 22 (1) ML phones WJC while he is on 36-hour trip to Bosnia. (She allegedly told him that she had received the subpoena.) (2) Jordan drives ML (in his chauffeured limousine) to Frank Carter's office. She sat with Jordan in a car and told him she was worried she would be caught lying. Jordan told her not to worry because perjury in civil cases is rarely prosecuted. ML sends some of the gifts under subpoena to Betty Currie and others to ML's mom Marcia Lewis. Vernon Jordan briefs Bruce Lindsey on his conversations with ML
Dec 23 ML interview with AMEX; she was told during interview that AMEX did not have any suitable openings for her. Discuss foot alibi with Tripp
Dec 23 (1) ML interviews with Young-Rubican.
(2) TAPE TRANSCRIPT: Just before Christmas, both women sound very scared. They have just been subpoenaed in the case of Jones v. Clinton. The two women know that they may be compelled to testify under oath about the topic that has been, up until now, mere gossip. What was titillating is now deeply threatening. The older woman, Linda Tripp, is urging the younger woman, Monica Lewinsky, to tell all about her relationship with the man they refer to as "the big he" and "the creep." But Lewinsky is resisting, hoping, somewhat plaintively, that she won't get caught. "Nobody saw him give me any of those things and nobody saw anything happen between us," says Lewinsky.
"Are you positive that nobody saw you in the study?" asks Tripp.
"I'm absolutely positive," says Lewinsky.
"How about Betty?" presses Tripp.
"Nobody saw him give me that thing," says Lewinsky.
Tripp pushes Lewinsky on another front: "He knows you're going to lie, you've told him, haven't you?"
"No," Lewinsky replies.
Tripp: I thought that night when he called you, you established that much.
Lewinsky: Well, I don't know.
Tripp: Jesus, well, does he think you're going to tell the truth?
Lewinsky: No... Oh, Jesus.
Dec 24 ML's last day of work at DoD.
Dec 28 (Sunday night) ML meets with WJC at White House. Clinton and Lewinsky discussed the gifts he had given her. Clinton reportedly tells Lewinsky she would have to turn over any gifts in her possession. Lewinsky reportedly interprets what Clinton told her to mean that she would not have to turn the gifts over if she did not have them in her possession.
Dec 30 ML has interviews at both Revlon and Young Rubican (both arranged by VJ) Burson- Marsteller.
Jan 5 ML turned over items covered by the Jones subpoena.
Jan 6 Carter drafted the affidavit and had her come by to pick up a copy
Jan 7 ML signs affidavit denying any relationship with WJC. Affidavit held.
Jan 7 Washington Post reports ML signed a sworn affidavit. She "cannot fathom" why Paula Jones's lawyers would seek information from her, she says in the document, which was obtained by Newsweek. She says that while she has met the president several times, "I have never had a sexual relationship with the president, he did not propose that we have a sexual relationship, he did not offer me employment or other benefits in exchange for a sexual relationship... I declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct."
Jan 8 (1) ML interviews with Revlon. (2) Jordan makes call to Ron Perlman (Chairman of Revlon) pressuring to hire ML.
Jan 9 (Fri) Linda Tripp delivers a copy of ML tapes to her lawyer
Jan 9 or 10 Revlon verbally offers ML a job.
Jan 11 Kathleen Willey deposition in Jones case
Jan 12 (1) Frank Carter (ML's Attorney) verbally tells the Jones lawyers of what ML affidavit says. (2) Linda Tripp ("LT") contacts Ken Starr after her attorney tells her to turn over tapes to WJC's lawyers
Jan 12 (Mon) Linda Tripp's lawyer tells her to turn over the tapes to WJC's lawyer.
Jan 13 (1) Revlon provides WRITTEN job offer to ML. (2) ML meets LT for lunch (LT is wired) at the Ritz Carlton.
Jan 14 (1) ML picks up LT in car; during car ride, ML hands Talking Points to LT. (2) ML visits the WH (but not the President) that evening.
Jan 14 (1) ML visits the WH (but not the President) that evening. (2) ML picks up LT in car; during car ride, ML hands Talking Points to LT to coach her on what to tell Jones's lawyers about Lewinsky and Willey.
TALKING POINTS CONTENTS:
[points to make in an affidavit]
I.1 Your first few paragraphs should be about yourself -- what you do now, what you did at the White House and for how many years you were there as a career person and as a political appointee.
I.2 You and Kathleen were friends. At around the time of her husband's death (The President has claimed it was after her husband died. Do you really want to contradict him?), she came to you after she allegedly came out of the oval and looked (however she looked), you don't recall her exact words, but she claimed at the time (whatever she claimed) and was very happy.
I.3 You did not see her go in or see her come out.
l.4 Talk about when you became out of touch with her and maybe why.
I.5 The next you heard of her was when a Newsweek reporter (I wouldn't name him specifically) showed up in your office saying she was naming you as someone who would corroborate that she was sexually harassed. You spoke with her that evening, etc., and she relayed to you a sequence of events that was very dissimilar from what you remembered happening. As a result of your conversation with her and subsequent reports that showed that she had tried to enlist the help of someone else in her lie that the President sexually harassed her, you now do not believe that what she claimed happened really happened. You now find it completely plausible that she herself smeared her lipstick, untucked her blouse, etc.
I.6 You never saw her go into the oval office, or come out of the oval office.
I.7 [You have never observed the President behaving inappropriately with anybody.]
II.1 You are not sure you've been clear about whose side you're on. (Kirby has been saying you should look neutral; better for credibility but you aren't neutral. Neutral makes you look like you're on the other team since you are a political appointee)
II.2 It's important to you that they think you're a team player, after all, you are a political appointee. You believe that they think you're on the other side because you wouldn't meet with them.
II.3 You want to meet with Bennett. You are upset about the comment he made, but you'll take the high road and do what's in your best interest.
II.4 December 18th, you were in a better position to attend an all day or half-day deposition, but now you are into JCOC mode. Your livelihood is dependent on the success of this program. Therefore, you want to provide an affidavit laying out all of the facts in lieu of a deposition.
II.5 You want Bennett's people to see your affidavit before it's signed.
II.6 Your deposition should include enough information to satisfy their questioning.
III.1 By the way, remember how I said there was someone else that I knew about. Well, she turned out to be a huge liar. I found out she left the WH because she was stalking the P or something like that. Well, at least that gets me out of another scandal I know about.
III.2 The first few paragraphs should be about me -- what I do now, what I did at the White House and for how many years I was there as a career person and as a political appointee.
III.3 Kathleen and I were friends. At around the time of her husband's death, she came to me after she allegedly came out of the oval office and looked _____, I don't recall her exact words, but she claimed at the time ______ and was very happy.
III.4 I did not see her go in or see her come out.
III.5 Talk about when I became out of touch with her and maybe why.
III.6 The next time I heard of her was when a Newsweek reporter showed up in my office saying she was naming me as a someone who would corroborate that she was sexually harassed by the President. I spoke with her that evening, etc. and she relayed to me a sequence of events that was very dissimilar from what I remembered happening. As a result of my conversation with her and subsequent reports that showed she had tried to enlist the help of someone else in her lie that the President sexually harassed her, I now do not believe that what she claimed happened really happened. I now find it completely plausible that she herself smeared her lipstick, untucked her blouse, etc. III.7 I never saw her go into the oval office, or come out of the oval office.
III.8 I have never observed the President behave inappropriately with anybody.
Jan 15 Ken Starr requests Justice Dept. approval to broaden the Whitewater investigation to include possible obstruction of justice by ML.
Jan 16 (1) Carter sends ML affidavit to Jones attorneys. (2) FBI makes direct contact with ML at Pentagon City. ML's mother "What's the big deal?" LT met ML for lunch at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and LT was wired once again
Jan 16 (Fri) Linda Tripp meets with Paula Jones lawyers and brief them about the details of the ML tapes.
Jan 17 ML makes frantic phone calls to WJC pager in an effort to contact WJC before he goes to deposition; WJC ignores the pager, goes to deposition and lies through his teeth. Cancels dinner plans and calls Currie at home to come to work the next day.
Jan 17 (Sat) WJC blames VJ and Currie in testimony. Matt Drudge breaks ML story on his web site.
Jan 18 (Sun) WJC calls Betty Currie to the White House and briefs her on his testimony
Jan 20 Revlon rescinds ML job offer
after Jan 20 Per deposition 6/30/98 of Terry Good, director of White House records management to Judicial Watch, the White House counsel's office asked him to pull "anything and everything that we might have in our files relating to Linda Tripp."
Jan 21 WJC to Lehrer that "I did not urge anyone to say anything that was untrue. That's my statement to you."
Jan 21 Linda Tripp's affidavit signed for Paula Jones lawyers.
Jan 21 Media report WJC and ML allegedly had a sexual relationship.
Jan 22 WJC tells press "the allegations are false" and promises new information--"more rather than less, sooner rather than later."
Jan 22 The Washington Post reports that WJC admitted, for the first time, in his deposition to Jones's lawyers that he had a sexual relationship with former nightclub singer Gennifer Flowers. Mr WJC had denied a sexual relationship during the 1992 election campaign.
Jan 22 Lindsey contacts lawyers for Betty Currie and White House Steward Michael McGrath
Jan 23 - Jan 25 Bruce Lindsey, Sid Blumenthal, Hillary and WJC meet Bayani Nelvis lawyer agrees to joint defense. ML lawyer agrees to joint defense
Jan 23 ML's questioning by Jones's lawyers in the civil suit, is postponed indefinitely. Her lawyer, William Ginsburg, says his client will cooperate with Mr Starr's investigation only if she gets full immunity from prosecution.
Jan 24 Literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, a longtime Republican supporter and fierce opponent of Mr WJC, announces she persuaded Mrs Tripp to record ML's confidences. Mr WJC hires Mickey Kantor, a close friend and former US trade representative and commerce secretary, to represent him in the scandal.
Jan 25 Mr WJC's team begins damage control with a verbal offensive against Mr Starr on the Sunday morning television talk shows. Republican Senator John Ashcroft calls for WJC to resign if he is guilty of the affair and of perjury.
Jan 26 WJC to America "I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again, I did not have sexual relations with that woman, ML. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time -- never. These allegations are false."
Jan 27 Hillary Clinton goes on TV and blames everything on a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
Jan 27 Mr WJC's personal secretary, Bettie Currie, testifies before the grand jury. The Washington Post reported that Ms Currie testified that she had cleared ML to enter the White House the evening of December 28, 11 days after she received a subpoena to testify on her alleged affair with the president. Bill WJC addresses Congress and the nation in his annual State of the Union address. He speaks of good times for America but says nothing about the sex scandal threatening his presidency.
Jan 27 The first day the GJ hears testimony. Bayani Nelvis testifies to GJ. Newsweek magazine has reported that Nelvis denied before the grand jury that he saw WJC and ML alone together in a study adjacent to the Oval Office. But Nelvis was also reported to have told U.S. Secret Service employees that he had in fact seen such an encounter.
Jan 28 Mrs Clinton defends her husband again on US breakfast television, saying it will take time for the truth to emerge. "When the truth comes out this, like all the other allegations that have been levelled against us over the years, will fade away and all the good work my husband has done will stand," she said. Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta testifies before the grand jury. After eight hours of interrogation, he told reporters he knew nothing that would incriminate WJC.
Jan 29 After inconclusive discussions between ML's lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, and Mr. Starr's prosecutors, negotiations on an immunity deal protecting ML from prosecution for perjury appear stalled. .
Jan 29 The judge in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case rules that any evidence given by ML will not be allowed because it is not "essential to core issues" ML's lawyer tells reporters he is preparing his client's defense, indicating no progress in talks with the Special Prosecutor to grant immunity for her testimony. It is thought that she is not prepared to give evidence that Mr WJC asked her to lie.
Jan 30 Just as the scandal seemed to be winding down, Linda Tripp issues a two-page statement saying that she overheard a late-night telephone call between the president and ML and had seen many of the gifts they exchanged.
Jan White House Counsel ' s office asks White House Office of Records Management to pull LT' s personnel file
Feb Harold Ickes speaks " a couple of handful of times " to reporter Jane Mayer at the New Yorker
Feb 5 The visiting British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, refuses to be drawn into the 'sex and lies' allegations against WJC. Asked in an ABC Television interview whether he considers "moral rectitude to be a necessary component of national leadership," Mr Blair replies: "We all have a view about it. ... I know what you're trying to lead me into and I'm not going to get led into it."
Feb 6 Mr Starr says he cannot not offer the former White House intern immunity unless she agrees to a face-to-face meeting.
Feb 10-11 ML's mother, Marcia Lewis, testifies for more than six hours over two days and leaves the Federal District Court in Washington looking physically shaken and emotionally distraught. .
Feb 17 The president's chief spokesman Mike McCurry is quoted saying WJC's relationship with the former White House intern may turn out to be a "very complicated story." "Maybe there'll be a simple, innocent explanation" in the ML matter. "I don't think so, because I think we would have offered that up already," he told the Chicago Tribune. "We are not in a position to provide a full and complete account, so the art is to make sure everything we say is truthful and credible," he said. "I think it's going to end up being a very complicated story, as most human relationships are. And I don't think it's going to be entirely easy to explain maybe."
Feb 18 Bruce Lindsey testified before the grand jury investigating allegations of illicit White House sex and cover-up. The Deputy White House Counsel testified for more than four hours and suggested that he would return for more testimony Thursday, Feb. 19 1998. By day's end, the White House had not invoked the privilege, according to Jim Kennedy, a spokesman for the White House counsel's office. However, there was a closed-door hearing attended by Lindsey, his private lawyer and Cheryl Mills of the White House counsel's office. Kennedy declined to comment on what might have occurred there.
Feb 19 Bruce Lindsey testifies for a second day before a grand jury as lawyers negotiated with prosecutors to limit questions in hopes of averting a showdown over executive privilege. Anticipating a possible court battle, the White House hired an outside lawyer (Neil Eggleston)in case WJC chooses to invoke the privilege to block Lindsey from answering some questions by prosecutor Kenneth Starr. At issue are conversations Lindsey or other senior White House aides may have had about ML with the president or his lawyers after the controversy erupted. Lindsey left the courthouse in early afternoon and declined to talk to reporters.
Mar 5 Mr. Ginsburg argues before a Federal district judge in Washington that Mr. Starr's office had made, then retracted, a firm offer of immunity for ML in return for her full testimony. Mr. Starr denies making such a deal
Mar Jane Mayer calls the Pentagon asking for specific information on one of LT ' s personnel records, which she receives
Mar Jane Mayer publishes a "hit" piece on LT , alleging that she lied on her security clearance application. The text she quotes from the form does not match the text of the Pentagon form
Mar Jane Mayer does a "hit" piece on LT, calls LT' s former stepmother J. Lowe Davis in Florida, who is unaware that LT is her former stepdaughter, remembers little, and asks that she not be used as a source
Mar 2 Little-known aide Jennifer Palmieri testifies before GJ. Her lawyer says she had no information about any impropriety and didn't know why she was called.
Mar 4 Vernon Jordan appeared for several hours before the grand jury investigating WJC's relationship with ML, saying he answered all questions and hailing his "enduring friendship" with WJC. Emerging from the U.S. Courthouse here after a full day behind closed doors with the federal grand jury, WJC's longtime friend, confidant and golfing companion declined to say what he told Kenneth W. Starr's investigators about WJC and ML. "I answered all of their questions truthfully and completely, to the best of my ability," the prominent Washington lawyer and longtime civil rights figure told a throng of reporters. "I shall return on Thursday for more questions." His lawyer, William Hundley, told a reporter that Jordan had been taken through a "slow, step by step" interrogation. But he did not elaborate. Jordan, however, did seek to minimize speculation that the protracted investigation had "cast doubt on my friendship with WJC." "Let me reassure you that ours is an enduring friendship, an enduring friendship based on mutual respect, trust and admiration," he said. "That was true yesterday. That is true today. That will be true tomorrow."
Mar 12 (1) Presidential confidant Bruce Lindsey had a return date with the ML grand jury, but came without a cadre of lawyers this time around, indicating no immediate fight over executive privilege. Arriving in early afternoon, Lindsey was accompanied only by his personal lawyer and one from the White House counsel's office. That was in contrast to the team of attorneys he had in tow the first time around. Emerging from the courthouse after just under three hours of testimony, Lindsey was asked what he had told the grand jury and whether any executive privilege controversies had arisen. "You know I'm not talking about that," he replied. A White House steward also made an encore appearance. Prosecutors working for independent counsel Kenneth Starr are interested in Bayani Nelvis because he works in a pantry adjacent to the Oval Office and WJC's private study in the West Wing. As they try to determine whether WJC and ML had an affair and tried to cover it up, Starr's prosecutors want to hear from anyone who might have seen them alone together. Leaving the courthouse at midday at his behind-closed-doors session with the grand jury, Nelvis declined comment.
Mar 15 A former White House worker, Katherine Willey goes on TV to accuse Bill WJC of sexually fondling her in the White House. The administration fights back with an exchange of letters
Mar 20 (1) Prosecutors questioned Marsha Scott, whose friendship with Clinton dates to his Arkansas days. She is a deputy assistant to the president and chief of staff of presidential personnel. She was questioned for much of the afternoon. Stranded at the courthouse waiting for a car to pick her up after testifying, she smiled and bantered with reporters. but declined to comment on her appearance. According to a legal source familiar with Scott's testimony before Starr's grand jury, she said she had no "specific recollection" of such a request from the president but could not rule it out. She did recall that Clinton's private secretary, Berry Currie, had asked her to help Lewinsky. Scott also testified that she met with Lewinsky twice during the spring and summer of 1997, according to the source. During the first session, they spoke for about half an hour, but nothing came of the meeting. During the second meeting, according to this source, Lewinsky became agitated after Scott told her it was not "a good career move" for her to come back to the White House, given the criticism of her earlier behavior by some White House officials who had accused her of "stalking" the president.
(2) The panel also heard from Natalie Ungvari of Los Angeles, a friend of Ms. Lewinsky. Her attorney, Ralph Caccia, also represents Lewinsky friend Neysa Erbland, who prosecutors believe may have heard details of Ms. Lewinsky's alleged relationship with the president.
Mar 25 ML's mother Marcia Lewis returned to the courthouse where a federal grand jury is investigating the White House sex scandal for a closed hearing before the supervising judge. Lewis went before U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson. The purpose of the hearing was not known, but Johnson temporarily excused Lewis from further testimony last month because of her emotional state. On her way to the courtroom, Lewis slipped and fell in a hallway, but appeared unhurt. She was quickly helped back on her feet by Billy Martin, her attorney.
Apr 1 A Federal district judge in Arkansas throws out Jones's sexual harassment lawsuit. Jones's lawyers later appeal the decision.
Apr Defense Secretary Cohen goes on television , blames the illegal release of LT's files on Clifford Bernath but knows that White House appointee Kenneth Bacon is involved
Apr Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch includes Jane Mayer in his Filegate investigation , suspecting that she has illegally received the information on LT from White House files
Apr Jane Mayer is successful in quashing Klayman ' s subpoena
Apr 9 (1) A White House steward appeared Thursday before the grand jury investigating allegations of presidential sex and perjury. Glen Maes, the fourth White House steward to come before the federal court panel, was expected to be asked about an alleged private White House meeting between WJC and ML.(2) In a terse statement, Tripp said she was firing attorney James Moody, and disavowing all of his comments to the media on her behalf since Feb. 4. Her lead attorney remains Anthony Zaccagnini.
Apr 14 The grand jury investigation of the White House sex scandal took a surprise turn when prosecutors abruptly postponed an appearance by Betty Currie, WJC's personal secretary. Sources familiar with the investigation said Starr's office late Monday suddenly canceled Currie's previously scheduled appearance, giving no reason for the move.
Apr 17 Bernard Lewinsky tells CNN's Larry King Live that his daughter had been made a prisoner in her home and could not fly to Los Angeles from Washington for Passover because of the media scrutiny that results each time she appears in public. Independent prosecutor Ken Starr's treatment of ML has been "unconscionable," ML's father said, in a national appeal for help in paying the former White House intern's legal bills.
Apr 28 Starr grand jury in Washington briefly questioned Nancy Hernreich, director of Oval Office operations. It was the sixth time that Hernreich had appeared before the panel. As she left the courthouse after testifying, her lawyer said she might be called back again. Starr made a rare appearance Tuesday at the courthouse where the grand jury is meeting. He did not speak to reporters and it was not clear what he was doing there.
Apr 29 A Federal district judge rules that ML did not have an agreement with the independent counsel that would give her immunity from testifying
May 6 Betty Currie spends all day testifying before GJ.
May 7 Betty Currie testifies again before the GJ. Currie declined to talk to reporters as she left the courthouse, but her lawyer, Lawrence Wechsler, said she would be returning to testify further, although he didn't say when. Both of them declined to say what the grand jury session focused on, or how it went.
May 11 The ML family hires Judy Smith, a veteran media relations specialist
May 22 Chief U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson rules that the 'protective function privilege' asserted on behalf of Secret Service agents by the Justice Department had no basis in federal constitutional or statutory law.
May 26 ML's former White House boss testified. John Hilley, who was head of the White House Office of Congressional Liaison -- the chief White House lobbyist -- while ML worked as an intern there, was the first witness of the week before the closed-door panel.
May 28 In a Los Angeles F.B.I. office, ML gives handwriting, fingerprint and voice samples.
May 28 Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr petitions the Supreme Court to quickly resolve his executive privilege battle with WJC.
May 29 A federal judge turns down WJC's request that his two aides, Sydney Blumenthal and Bruce Lindsey should not be required to give evidence because of executive privilege.
June Jane Mayer writes a second article, naming J. Lowe Davis as the source of information of a 1969 arrest of LT
June J. Lowe Davis in a deposition denies she is the source of information attributed to her , and says that she remembered the arrest as taking place in 1972 but did not remember whether it was in New Jersey , or in New York.
June 2 ML dismisses Mr. Ginsburg and hires Jacob A. Stein and Plato Cacheris. One week later, the new lawyers discuss possible immunity for ML with independent counsel prosecutors
June 2 Kenneth Starr asks the Supreme Court on an emergency basis to consider the claim of a 'protective function privilege' which would prevent Secret Service agents from testifying before the grand jury. Starr's made the request in order to short-circuit months of potential court appeals, which could delay his investigation.
June 4 The Supreme Court turns down Starr's plea to issue a fast-track decision on Secret Service testimony.
June 4 (1) The Supreme Court turns down Starr's plea to issue a fast-track decision on Secret Service testimony. (2) Sid Vicious Blumenthal testifies before GJ (3) Francis Carter (ML's first atty initially recommended by Vernon Jordan) testifies before GJ. He prepared ML's affidavit in which she denied any sexual relation with WJC
June 9 Vernon Jordan Tuesday testified for a fifth time before a grand jury probing allegations WJC illegally conspired to cover up an affair with ML. "This was my fifth and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, final visit to this grand jury," Jordan told reporters outside the federal courthouse where the panel is meeting behind closed doors. As he has in the past, Jordan indicated that prosecutors working with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr had repeated questions he had already answered in previous appearances. "When I came in early March, I said that I helped ML (a former White House intern) get a lawyer, I helped her get a job, I had assurances that there was no sexual relationship and I did not tell her to lie," Jordan said. "That was the truth then and that is the truth today and I have testified five times over and over again to those truths," he said. "When I was a kid in Sunday school, I learned a verse, 'Ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.' I have come here five times and I have told the truth."
June 10 WJC's former political deputy, Harold Ickes, testified before a Whitewater grand jury investigating the Pentagon's release of information about Linda Tripp. Ickes, former White House deputy chief of staff, declined to comment as he left the courthouse in Alexandria, Va., after testifying. Later, he said in a telephone interview that he was questioned only about Tripp. Now identified only as an informal adviser to the president, Ickes has acknowledged that Tripp's name came up in conversation when he had dinner with Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon before Bacon released information about Tripp, a Pentagon worker. In the interview, Ickes said Tripp was mentioned "very tangentially" in his conversation with Bacon. "I said something about, 'Oh, I understand Linda Tripp is working at the Pentagon in the press shop.' And I think Ken acknowledged she was working in his department. And that's literally all that was said about her," Ickes said. He said he believes the meeting occurred in February, after the ML inquiry became public but before the story about Tripp's arrest record was published. Ickes, who said Tripp was a causal acquaintance he met when they both worked at the White House, said he did not suggest or request Bacon to investigate Tripp's background. Bacon has apologized for confirming to The New Yorker magazine that Tripp denied on her personnel record any past arrests. Tripp was arrested as a teenager and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of loitering.
June 11 ML flies to California to spend time with her father, signaling that no agreement is near on possible immunity
June 17 A brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by the Department of Justice on behalf of the Treasury Department (Secret Service) is unsealed.
June 18 Francis Carter testifies for 6 hours before GJ. He suggests that ML left out key details when he drafted the original affidavit for her.
June 19 Kenneth Starr files a brief with the Circuit Court in response to the Justice Department brief.
June 22-26 Dale Young, 47, and a businesswoman from Scarsdale, N.Y. was compelled to testify this week before a federal grand jury. Young said in a Newsweek interview that ML told her details in 1996 about her supposed relationship with the president. Newsweek reported that Young's story generally supports accounts of the 20 hours of taped conversations between ML and Linda Tripp. The magazine said that, according to sources familiar with the Tripp tapes, the precise physical relationship between WJC and ML is never spelled out. The two women talk as though a relationship exists but ML never goes into exact detail. But Young's story offers new details about the supposed scandal with one twist: Young recalled ML telling her that WJC had established ground rules at the outset of their alleged relationship because he was afraid he might one day be questioned about it. The president told ML that "he didn't trust anybody ... that people have come forward, people who he's been involved with have gone to the media," the magazine quotes Young as saying. "He felt it wasn't really oral sex if it wasn't completed," she added. Young concluded that the alleged physical relationship between WJC and ML was "basically like foreplay."
June 24 (1) The grand jury questioned the deputy White House chief of staff John Podesta after receiving a rare briefing from Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr. There was no indication what Starr spoke to the grand jurors about before they heard testimony from John Podesta. Podesta, acting on a request from Presidential secretary Betty Currie, asked U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson to consider hiring ML last year - a request that "took up approximately 15 minutes of his life," Peter Kadzik, Podesta's lawyer, said outside the federal courthouse. Podesta's testimony "fully supported the President's forceful denials of any improper conduct" involving ML, said Kadzik. Podesta has given five hours of testimony during three grand jury appearances. With a jab at Starr, Kadzik declined to answer any questions from reporters, saying he didn't want to give the prosecutor's office a reason to leak information. (2) In the afternoon, a woman testified before the grand jury, but left the courthouse without identifying herself.
July 1 Linda Tripp went before the Starr grand jury to tell what she knows about an alleged presidential affair and cover-up and to counter perceptions she manipulated the former White House intern. Tripp was accompanied by three lawyers and her son and daughter as she arrived at the courthouse. Asked if she was nervous, she replied only with a smile. Her lead attorney, Anthony Zaccagnini, said, "Not at all. ... She's doing good. She's real strong." And with that, unaccompanied, Tripp entered the grand jury room for questioning that could stretch over several days. After answering questions for several hours, Tripp had lunch privately in a courthouse room prior to going back for another round.
July 2 Linda Tripp returns to testify at the grand jury (Day #2)
July 7 (1) A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court flatly rejects the 'protective function privilege' (2) Linda Tripp returns to testify at the grand jury (Day #3)
July 10 Linda Tripp returns to testify (Day #4) at the grand jury
July 14 (1) The Justice Department files an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, asking it to reconsider its July 7th ruling.
(2) Linda Tripp returns to testify at the grand jury (Day #5)
July 17 (1) Chief Justice Rehnquist declines to stay the lower court's ruling.
(2) Starr's team asks Secret Service agents what they saw and heard. Starr subpoenas Clinton.
(3) Linda Tripp returns to testify at the grand jury (Day #6)
July 16 The full Court of Appeals unanimously upholds the previous ruling by the three-judge panel.
July 16 The Justice Department requests Chief Justice Rehnquist to stay the ruling of the Court of Appeals.
July 17 Chief Justice Rehnquist declines to stay the lower court's ruling.
July 17 Starr's team asks Secret Service agents what they saw and heard. Starr subpoenas WJC
July 23 (1) A Secret Service uniformed officer told a grand jury that he and deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes found WJC and ML alone in a room just off the Oval Office, it was reported. A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Secret Service officer and Ickes did not find WJC and ML engaged in any improper behavior. The testimony by a uniform-division officer prompted Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr to call Ickes before a grand jury that day. The government official said the uniformed officer posted outside the Oval Office received a telephone call from the White House operator one Saturday. When the operator requested WJC, the officer noticed Ickes walking down the hallway and told him there was a call for the president. Ickes and the officer looked for the president in the Oval Office. WJC wasn't there, so they opened the door to an adjoining room. The official said the pair found WJC and ML alone together. The testimony may turn the attention to Ickes and other White House advisers who may have seen WJC and ML alone, the official said. Ickes denied the story to CBS. He could not be reached by The Associated Press late Thursday, though messages were left at his home, office and with his paging service. (2) Secret Service agent Larry Cockell testified for an hour, and his attorney indicated there were no questions about WJC's conversations with his private lawyers following his Jan. 17 deposition in the Paula Jones lawsuit. "He did not have to invoke privilege for any of the questions that were asked," said lawyer John Kotelly, who earlier stated that Cockell would attempt to decline to answer questions involving attorney-client privilege or national security.
July 27 An appeals court says lawyer Bruce Lindsey, a WJC confidant, must testify.
July 28 Secret Service agent Larry Cockell, head of WJC's protective detail and the man who walks in lockstep with the president, one or two steps behind, is on the job again after testifying in the ML investigation.
July 28 (1) Lawyers for Ms. Lewinsky broker an immunity deal with Mr. Starr in which she promises "full and truthful testimony" in exchange for a sweeping grant of immunity from Federal prosecutors. Her mother, Ms. Lewis, is also given immunity.
(2) Secret Service agent Larry Cockell, head of Clinton's protective detail and the man who walks in lockstep with the president, one or two steps behind, is on the job again after testifying in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
(3) Linda Tripp returns to testify at the grand jury (Day #7)
July 29 Linda Tripp speaks to the press after completing Day #8 of her testimony. Halting frequently to catch her breath as she broke months of silence, a shaky Tripp portrayed herself Wednesday as an average suburban mom who was vilified for choosing "the path of truth." Tripp held her first news conference in sweltering heat outside the federal courthouse, where she completed her eighth and final day of testimony before a grand jury investigating an alleged presidential affair and cover-up. With her grown son, Ryan, and daughter, Allison, her two lawyers and a press spokesman standing behind her, the former White House employee lashed back at those who questioned her credibility -- including a presidential attorney -- and at entertainers who made fun of her appearance. "Imagine how you would feel if your boss' attorney called you a liar in front of the whole country," she said. "Imagine if that boss was the president," Tripp said. Tripp did not discuss details of her grand jury testimony and took no questions. "The facts will show that, time after time, I urged her to tell the truth right up until the end," she said. She never sought the spotlight that shone on her after she first contacted Starr's office about Lewinsky last Jan. 12, Tripp said. "As a result of simply trying to earn a living, I became aware between 1993 and 1997 of actions by high government officials that may have been against the law," Tripp said. For those five years, she said, she witnessed events that "made me increasingly fearful that this information was dangerous, very dangerous to possess. "On Jan.12, 1998, the day I approached the Office of the Independent Counsel, I decided that fear would no longer be my master. This investigation has never been, quote, 'just about sex.' It has been about telling the truth. The truth matters. "I have been vilified for taking the path of truth," she said. Tripp said she had nothing to do with controversial "talking points" she was given by Lewinsky describing how Tripp could present her testimony in the Paula Jones lawsuit against Clinton. Tripp spoke often about her own ordeal. "Imagine how you would feel if your employer illegally released your confidential records to the media, then demoted you and cast you aside for daring to tell the truth," she said of the Pentagon's release of information on her arrest as a teenager. "Imagine how it would feel to see the pain in your children's eyes when they hear a seemingly endless barrage of lies about their mother, a mother who is not going out to defend herself." She said her enemies, who she did not name, "have enlisted legions of paid prevaricators" to vilify her. "Many in the entertainment industry have chosen to ridicule me as well -- going so far as to even make fun of my appearance in a manner so mean and so cruel that I pray none of you is ever subjected to it," she said.
July 29 WJC agrees to provide testimony on August 17.
July 30 The president's legal representative, David Kendall, says the testimony will be videotaped at the White House.
Aug 1 Reports say WJC will give evidence via a live television link. The live link means the jury will be able to question the president when he testifies.
Aug 4 Pressing their investigation into the circle of White House lawyers, prosecutors in the ML case questioned WH Special Counsel Lanny Bruer before a grand jury after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist refused to allow further delays. Breuer spent several hours before the grand jury investigating an alleged presidential affair and coverup, but his appearance ended with another courtroom dispute that threatened to rekindle a battle over attorney-client privilege. Breuer, White House lawyers and prosecutors from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office met behind closed doors with U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson after the appearance. Legal sources familiar with the matter said the White House might try a second time to seek emergency intervention from the U.S. Court of Appeals or Rehnquist to spare Breuer from answering questions they believe infringe on WJC's right to confidential advice. Breuer's role in processing subpoenas, gathering documents and contacting witnesses placed him in the middle of the president's damage control effort. Prosecutors are likely to press him about what he did and observed in the early days of the ML controversy.
Aug 6 ML Testifies to Starr GJ: WASHINGTON -- In six hours of testimony fraught with peril for WJC, ML on Thursday told grand jurors her firsthand account of numerous sexual encounters with the president inside the White House, a legal source said. *More on this at
Aug 11 Prosecutors questioned Hollywood producer Harry Thomason and White House lawyer Cheryl Mills, examining damage control efforts in the early days of the ML controversy. "'What did he tell you about his relationship?' The answer was, 'Nothing,"' Thomason said in a telephone interview. Thomason lived at the White House for weeks after the controversy erupted in January. "'What were you doing in the White House all those days you were there?"' he said a prosecutor asked him. "I told them in general I was reading articles and watching all the news shows so we would know what people were talking about." Sources familiar with Thomason's testimony said he told prosecutors he had general political conversations with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton about the ML controversy, but didn't talk to her about specifics. The sources also said Thomason testified that he told WJC's aides the president should give a more forceful statement about the ML matter, but that Thomason did not tell the president what to say. Mills, deputy White House counsel, was pulled before the grand jury after the White House lost a court battle seeking to use the attorney-client privilege to protect its lawyers from testifying. Her lawyer, William Murphy, said she testified for "a couple of hours." He declined to elaborate.
Aug 17 (1) WJC testimony: Providing prosecutors and grand jurors with details he wouldn't tell the public, the president acknowledged in his secret testimony that ML performed oral sex on him several times at the White House, a legal source said. WJC first read a prepared statement admitting that he took part in what he called inappropriate, intimate physical contact with the intern, the source said. Advisers say WJC had hoped to limit his testimony about intimate matters to the statement. But prosecutors pressed further, and he acknowledged the specific sexual encounters, according to the legal source, who only spoke on condition of anonymity. WJC testified that they agreed to keep their affair secret from the start, long before the former White House intern was subpoenaed in the Paula Jones lawsuit, and that he did not intend to encourage perjury, sources familiar with the situation said. He also testified that he misled his friend, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., who was enlisted to find ML a job and a lawyer in the Jones case, the sources said. WJC insisted that their sexual encounters would not qualify as "sexual relations" as defined in the Jones case. WJC also testified that he did not instruct his personal secretary, Betty Currie, to retrieve the subpoenaed gifts, including a T-shirt and book of poetry. During his testimony, WJC said his affair with ML began in late 1995 or early 1996 and he recalled about a half dozen sexual encounters, a source familiar with the situation said yesterday. Most of their liaisons occurred in the first four months of 1996, although they also got together again once in 1997, he reportedly testified. (2)WJC "confessional"
Aug 17 Two legal sources tell CNN that the president did testify that on two separate occasions he did try to help Monica Lewinsky get a job while she was working at the Pentagon. The first time occurred in the summer of 1997 when he asked his deputy personnel director, Marsha Scott, to see if Lewinsky could be brought back here to the White House from the Pentagon. The second time was this past January when he asked aides to see if they could help Monica Lewinsky get a good recommendation to help her in her job search in New York. Mr. Clinton, according to sources, say the former intern had asked for that specific help on both occasions. First time was before she was subpoenaed in the Paula Jones' case. The second time, of course, was after.
Aug 18 GJ appearance by Dick Morris, the former political consultant forced out of the president's reelection campaign in the midst of his own sex scandal. Morris testified about five conversations he said he had with WJC in the first three days after the ML investigation became public in late January. "I kind of went through all that I remembered of what I said and what he said," Morris told reporters after about four hours with the grand jury. "I did stress to them that on several different occasions -- five or six in our conversations -- the president repeated to me that the charges against him were not true, that he did not do what they said he did."
Aug 20 ML was recalled for another grand jury appearance by Starr, who wants to compare her testimony with the president's account. She has already said under oath that she performed oral sex on WJC, legal sources have said. One legal source familiar with the plans for ML's testimony said the grand jurors haven't had a chance to question her yet. One of the lawyers from the ML camp was present Wednesday while prosecutors walked her through questions she would encounter. The grand jurors themselves wanted to ask her questions in the aftermath of WJC's closed-circuit testimony to them from the White House. ML's account, sources said, contradicts WJC's in significant respects concerning the nature of their sexual activities and their discussions about the gifts.
Aug 26 Lewinsky provided some of the graphic detail about the sex acts during an unusual two-hour session Aug. 26 in which Lewinsky gave sworn testimony in Starr's downtown office, not before the grand jury. In deference to Lewinsky and the explicit nature of her testimony, all the prosecutors, defense lawyers and stenographers in the room during the session were women.
Aug 28 (1) Bruce R. Lindsey returned to the grand jury to face questions in the Monica S. Lewinsky investigation. But his appearance did not end the fight over his testimony. Lindsey has appeared three times before but declined to answer some questions on the grounds of attorney-client privilege, leading to a protracted legal fight that the White House has lost in two courts. Lindsey spent nearly four hours with the grand jury apparently addressing lines of inquiry that were not considered subject to attorney-client privilege. The questioning was designed to focus on questions that would not reignite the long-running dispute over Lindsey's conversations with the president, which the White House maintains are protected from disclosure. The White House would not say whether Lindsey refused to answer any questions, but there were none of the signs that usually indicate a dispute over testimony in the closed grand jury room, such as lawyers rushing to a judge's chambers or filing sealed papers at the appeals court. (2) Clinton used a speech marking the 35th anniversary of the historic civil rights march on Washington to indirectly refer to his recent confession of marital infidelity. Clinton, appearing at a church on Martha's Vineyard, said one of the lessons he learned from the civil rights movement was forgiveness. "All of you know I'm having to become quite an expert in this business of asking for forgiveness," Clinton said, drawing laughter and applause from his audience. "It gets a little easier the more you do it, and if you have a family, an administration, a Congress and a whole country to ask, you're going to get a lot of practice," he said. "But I have to tell you that in these last days, it has come on to me again, something I first learned as president, but it wasn't burned in my bones," Clinton said. "And that is that in order to get it [forgiveness], you have to be willing to give it. "The anger, the resentment, the bitterness, the desire for recrimination against people you believe have wronged you, they harden the heart and deaden the spirit and lead to self-inflicted wounds," Clinton said. "And so, it is important that we are able to forgive those we believe have wronged us even as we ask for forgiveness from people we have wronged." (3) Sources tell CNN that conflicting testimony has already been given by Oval Office secretary Betty Currie and Monica Lewinsky about the return of gifts from Clinton. Currie said under oath it was Lewinsky who asked her to retrieve gifts the president gave the former White House intern, two sources familiar with Currie's testimony tell CNN. Lewinsky has testified under oath that Currie, the president's personal secretary, instigated an encounter at which Lewinsky surrendered the gifts, which were the subject of a subpoena in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit.
Sep 1 For the first time since the investigation began, Independent Counsel Ken Starr's grand jury is not meeting. Starr's staff is immersed in the impeachment report he hopes to send to Congress later this month. Sources tell CNN the president's legal and political team is beginning to coordinate a detailed strategy to counter the report. They plan to emphasize the so-called "talking points" that ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave to Linda Tripp, trying to reshape Tripp's testimony about presidential accuser Kathleen Willey and her alleged encounter with the president as part of the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Contrary to speculation those talking points were created by a presidential adviser, Lewinsky testified she wrote them, with the help of Tripp.
Sep 2 (1) Clinton, taking his first public questions about his admitted inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky, said in Moscow he was heartened by the reaction of the American people. Clinton's comments on the Lewinsky scandal came during a Kremlin news conference with Russian President Boris Yeltsin at the end of a two-day summit between the two embattled leaders. Clinton said he believed his televised speech to the nation two weeks ago had conveyed his "profound regret to all who were hurt," and pledged to continue "the personal process" of making amends for his actions. The president, who has been criticized by political leaders in both parties and by some members of the public for not being more apologetic in his remarks, said he had reread the speech recently and signaled no desire to amend it. "All I wanted to say is I believe it's time for us to now go back to the work of the country and give the people their government back," he said. "I have acknowledged that I made a mistake, said that I regretted it, asked to be forgiven, spent a lot of very valuable time with my family in the last couple of weeks and said I was going to back to work," he said. "I believe that is what the American people want me to do and, based on my conversations with leaders around the world, I think that's what they want me to do and that is what I intend to do." (2) Back home, the president's troubles continue as the judge in the Paula Jones case considers sanctioning Clinton for his misleading testimony in that case, and details emerged of a new deposition given by Lewinsky last week. (3) NYT: At a senators-only Democratic caucus, with staffers not admitted, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California delivers a blistering assault on President Clinton for betraying her, other Democratic leaders and the American people. The attack was particularly significant because it came from the most popular Democrat in the nation's most populous state, which was carried by Clinton in the last two presidential elections after years of Republican success. Other Democratic senators present reacted silently with downcast eyes, but nobody contradicted Feinstein--either in the caucus or privately.
Sep 3 In a significant break with his president, Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman took to the Senate floor Thursday to condemn President Bill Clinton's marital infidelity as immoral, disgraceful and damaging to the country. Lieberman of Connecticut said he was angered and disappointed in Clinton's behavior, and what he called Clinton's "premeditated" deception. Lieberman said Clinton "apparently had extramarital relations with an employee half his age and did so in the workplace in the vicinity of the Oval Office. Such behavior is not just inappropriate. It is immoral." Said Lieberman: "I was disappointed because the president of the United States had just confessed to engaging in an extramarital affair with a young woman in his employ and to willfully deceiving the nation about his conduct.""I was personally angry because President Clinton had, by his disgraceful behavior, jeopardized his administration's historic record of accomplishment, much of which grew out of the principles and programs that he and I and many others had worked on together in the new Democratic movement," Lieberman said. Lieberman, a longtime Clinton friend, stopped short of suggesting censure, impeachment or resignation, saying that was premature before Congress receives a report from Independent Counsel Ken Starr. Lieberman's speech was seconded by two other prominent Democrats: Senators Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. Silent that day, but agreeing with the critics, are Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the senior Democrat in the Senate, and Senate Democratic Whip Wendell Ford of Kentucky.
Sep 4 Clinton attempts to answer some of his Capitol Hill critics by using the word "sorry" for the first time in connection with his conduct in the sex scandal. "I made a big mistake. It is indefensible and I am sorry," Clinton said during a photo opportunity with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. He said it was not his place to say whether Congress should pass a resolution censuring him for his behavior.
Sep 9 Starr's report delivered to House of Representatives - 36 boxes. Statement by Charles Bakaly, spokesman for Judge Starr "Today, following the Ethics in Government Act, as required by the Ethics in Government Act, and with the authorization of the court supervising independent counsels, the Office of Independent Counsel submitted a referral to the House of Representatives containing substantial and credible information that may constitute grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States.
Text of Starr's Letter to Gingrich by AP 9/9/98 ".Today this office has delivered to the sergeant at arms, the Honorable Wilson Livingood, 36 sealed boxes containing two complete copies of a Referral to the House of Representatives. This referral is filed in conformity with the requirements of Title 28, United States Code, Section 595(c), which provides that ``an independent counsel shall advise the House of Representatives of any substantial and credible information which such independent counsel receives ... that may constitute grounds for an impeachment.''
Sep 11 (1) Larry Margasak AP "The House voted today to beam worldwide a prosecutor's report that accuses President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky affair, the first act in a potential impeachment drama. The House voted 363-63 to release the 445- page report later today via the Internet, a fashion unthinkable just a few years ago. The resolution passed over the objections of some Democrats who argued it was unfair that Clinton didn't get a chance to see the report in advance. Right after the vote, House officials broke the seal on the box containing the independent counsel's report and began the process of making it available to members of Congress and the public.. (2) AP "The White House made a dramatic effort today to preempt Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's allegations, sending its own report to Congress declaring that the president did not commit perjury, obstruct justice, tamper with witnesses or abuse the power of his office. ``Impeachment is a matter of incomparable gravity. Even to discuss it is to discuss overturning the electoral will of the people,'' President Clinton's personal and White House lawyers wrote. ``We do not believe the OIC (Office of Independent Counsel) can identify any conduct remotely approaching'' the impeachment standard, said the 73-page rebuttal written by attorney David Kendall and White House Counsel Charles Ruff and their associates. ``Instead from press reports, if true, it appears that the OIC has dangerously overreached to describe in the most dramatic of terms conduct that not only is not criminal but is actually proper and lawful,'' they added."