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The Monica Lewinsky scandal was a political-sex scandal emerging from a sexual relationship between United States President Bill Clinton and a then 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The news of this extra-marital affair and the resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives and his subsequent acquittal on all charges (of perjury and obstruction of justice) in a 21-day Senate trial. A political scandal is a scandal in which politicians engage in various illegal or unethical practices. ... A sex scandal is a scandal involving allegations or information about embarrassing sexual activities, such as adultery, being made public. ... For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an inappropriate relationship[1] while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. ... An affair is a euphemism for a situation where two people are involved in an illicit sexual, romantic and/or passionate attachment, usually for a limited duration. ... The impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presiding. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Perjury is the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law or in any of various sworn statements in writing. ... Modern Obstruction of Justice, in a common law state, refers to the crime of offering interference of any sort to the work of police, investigators, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, or other (usually government) officials. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States...


In 1995, Monica Lewinsky, a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, was hired to work as an intern at the White House during Clinton's first term. The two began a sexual relationship. Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an inappropriate relationship[1] while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. ... Lewis & Clark College is a private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. ...


As Lewinsky's relationship with the President became more distant and after she had left the White House to work at the Pentagon, Lewinsky confided details of her feelings and the President's behavior to her friend and Defense Department co-worker Linda Tripp who secretly recorded their telephone conversations. When Tripp discovered in January 1998 that Lewinsky had signed an affidavit in the Paula Jones case denying a relationship with Clinton, she delivered the tapes to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who was investigating the President on various other matters including the Whitewater scandal, Filegate, and Travelgate. This article is about the United States military building. ... Linda Tripp at the time of the Lewinsky scandal. ... An affidavit is a formal sworn statement of fact, signed by the declarant (who is called the affiant), and witnessed (as to the veracity of the affiants signature) by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public. ... Paula Corbin Jones (born Paula Rosalee Corbin on September 17, 1966, in Lonoke, Arkansas) is a former Arkansas state employee who sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment and eschewal. ... Kenneth Winston Starr Kenneth Winston Starr (born July 21, 1946) is an American lawyer and former judge who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel to investigate the death of the deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater land transactions by President Bill Clinton. ... United States Office of the Independent Counsel was an independent prosecutor — distinct from the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice — that provided reports to the Congress under Title 28 of the United States Code, Section 595. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Filegate is a White House scandal in June of 1996. ... On May 19, 1993, several longtime employees of the White House Travel Office were fired. ...

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Denial and subsequent admission

News of the scandal first broke on January 17, 1998, on the Drudge Report website, which reported that Newsweek editors were sitting on a story by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff exposing the affair. The story broke in the mainstream press on January 21 when it hit the Washington Post. The story swirled for several days and despite swift denials from Clinton, the clamour for answers from the White House grew louder. On January 26, a visibly flustered President Clinton, standing with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, spoke at a White House press conference, and issued a forceful denial while wagging his finger: is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Drudge Report is a U.S.-based news website run by Matt Drudge. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Michael Isikoff, October 2007 Michael Isikoff (born 1952) is an investigative journalist for the United States-based magazine Newsweek. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, and is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election. ... A joint press conference by U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House. ...

Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.

Pundits debated whether or not Clinton would address the allegations in his State of the Union Address. Ultimately, he chose not to, which may have helped his image with the American people through his strategy to appear more "presidential" and above the fray. First Lady Hillary Clinton publicly stood by her husband throughout the scandal. On January 27, in an appearance on NBC's The Today Show she famously said, "The great story here for anybody willing to find it, write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." State of the Union redirects here. ... This article is about the use of the term first lady internationally. ... REDIRECT Hillary Rodham Clinton   This is a redirect from a title with another method of capitalisation. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the television network. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy was a phrase used by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1998 in defense of her husband President Bill Clinton and his administration during the Lewinsky scandal, characterizing the Lewinsky charges as the latest in a long, organized, collaborative series of charges by Clintons political...


For the next several months and through the summer, pundits and the media endlessly debated whether an affair had occurred and Clinton had lied or obstructed justice, but nothing could be definitively established beyond the taped recordings because Lewinsky was unwilling to discuss the affair or testify about it. On July 28, 1998, a substantial delay after the public break of the scandal, Lewinsky received transactional immunity in exchange for grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with Clinton. She also turned over a semen-stained blue dress (which Tripp had encouraged her to save without dry cleaning) to the Starr investigators, thereby providing a smoking gun based on DNA evidence that could prove the relationship despite Clinton's official denials. is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Immunity, also known as transactional immunity, confers a status on a person or body that places them beyond the law and makes that person or body free from otherwise legal obligations such as, for example, liability for torts or damages or prosecution under criminal law for criminal acts. ... In the American common law legal system, a grand jury is a type of jury which determines if there is enough evidence for a trial. ... Horse semen being collected for breeding purposes. ... Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using an organic solvent other than water — generally known as dry cleaning fluid, and typically this is tetrachloroethylene. ... The term smoking gun was originally, and still primarily is, a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a nucleic acid molecule that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. ...


Clinton admitted in taped grand jury testimony on August 17, 1998, that he had had an "improper physical relationship" with Lewinsky. That evening he gave a nationally televised statement admitting his relationship with Lewinsky which was "not appropriate".[1] In law and in religion, testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Perjury charges

In his deposition for the Jones lawsuit, Clinton denied having "sexual relations" with Lewinsky. Based on the evidence provided by Tripp, a blue dress with Clinton's semen, Starr concluded that this sworn testimony was false and perjurious.


During the deposition, Clinton was asked "Have you ever had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, as that term is defined in Deposition Exhibit 1, as modified by the Court."[citation needed] The judge ordered that Clinton be given an opportunity to review the agreed definition. Afterwards, based on the definition created by the Independent Counsel's Office, Clinton answered "I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky." Clinton later stated that he believed the agreed-upon definition of sexual relations excluded his receiving oral sex[citation needed]. Oral sex consists of all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, which may include use of the tongue, teeth, and throat, to stimulate genitalia. ...


President Clinton was held in contempt of court by judge Susan D.Webber Wright[2] His license to practice law was suspended in Arkansas and later by the United States Supreme Court.[3] He was also fined $90,000 for giving false testimony [4] which was paid by a fund raised for his legal expenses.[citation needed] The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States...


Impeachment

Most Republicans in Congress, who held the majority in both Houses at the time, and some Democrats, believed that Clinton's giving false testimony and alleged influencing Lewinsky's testimony were crimes of obstruction of justice and perjury and thus impeachable offenses. The House of Representatives voted to issue Articles of Impeachment against him which was followed by a 21-day trial in the Senate. President Clinton was acquitted of all charges and remained in office. He was not given any penalty beyond the censure by the House of Representatives. The impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist presiding. ... Modern Obstruction of Justice, in a common law state, refers to the crime of offering interference of any sort to the work of police, investigators, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, or other (usually government) officials. ... Perjury is the act of lying or making verifiably false statements on a material matter under oath or affirmation in a court of law or in any of various sworn statements in writing. ...


References

  1. ^ August 17, 1998, address to the nation, at PBS.org
  2. ^ "Clinton found in civil contempt for Jones testimony", CNN.com, April 12, 1999
  3. ^ "Clinton Disbarred From Supreme Court", by Anne Gearan, Associated Press Writer, Oct. 1, 2001
  4. ^ "Clinton ordered to pay more than $90,000 for contempt in Jones case", CNN.com, July 29, 1999

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Lewinsky scandal (1229 words)
Unbeknownst to Lewinsky, Tripp was illegally recording their telephone conversations with the intent to aid Republican persecution of the Democrat President, and eventually delivered the tapes to Kenneth Starr, Independent Counsel appointed by congress to investigate the President on various other matters.
Lewinsky admitted that her relationship with Clinton involved oral sex, including oral-anal contact, as documented in the Starr report[?], which eventually led to President Clinton's impeachment, on the basis of perjury and obstruction of justice regarding the affair.
Among other things, he had denied having had sex with Lewinsky, but in light of incontrovertible evidence (the "blue dress"), he amended his story, saying that he had had oral sex with Lewinsky, but this had not constituted "sexual intercourse", which was what he had been denying in previous testimony.
Wikipedia: Lewinsky scandal (1686 words)
Unbeknownst to Lewinsky, Tripp was illegally recording their telephone conversations with the intent to aid Republican prosecution of the Democrat President, and eventually delivered the tapes to Kenneth Starr, Independent Counsel appointed by congress to investigate the President on various other matters.
Lewinsky received transactional immunity on July 28, 1998 in exchange for her grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with Clinton.
Among other things, he had denied having had sex with Lewinsky, but in light of incontrovertible evidence (the "blue dress"), he amended his story, saying that he had had oral sex with Lewinsky, but this had not constituted "sexual intercourse", which was what he had been denying in previous testimony.
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