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The Lewinsky Investigation

Our timeline of the Monica Lewinsky investigation follows the case from Lewinsky's days as an intern to her testimony before the grand jury investigating allegations of sexual misconduct in the White House -- charges denied by President Clinton. And it links you to NPR's coverage of the events as they happened. You can also test your knowledge of the investigation with our online quiz.

June 1995
Monica Lewinsky, 21, interns at the White House in Chief of Staff Leon Panetta's office.

December 1995
Lewinsky is moved into a paid position in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

April 1996
Lewinsky is transferred to the Pentagon.

December 1997
Lewinsky leaves her job at the Pentagon and is subpoenaed in the Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton sexual harassment suit. Linda Tripp secretly records a series of conversations with Lewinsky, her friend and co-worker.

January 1998
The story breaks with allegations that President Clinton allegedly had a sexual affair with Lewinsky and then asked her to lie about it. Both parties deny the allegations. Tripp contacts independent counsel Kenneth Starr about the taped conversations, which she claims detail an affair with Clinton. The president forcefully issues another denial of the allegations, saying "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."

February 1998
A federal grand jury hears testimony in the case. Included among the witnesses are Marcia Lewis, Monica's mother, and Bruce Lindsey, President Clinton's longtime advisor. Starr begins negotiating for Lewinsky's testimony. Clinton invokes executive privilege to keep Secret Service personnel from testifying.

March 1998
Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer, testifies before the grand jury. She says the president tried to kiss and grab her in the Oval Office in 1993. Clinton denies her charges.

April 1998
Judge Susan Webber Wright dismisses the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit saying there is not enough evidence to prove quid pro quo harassment or a hostile work environment.

May 1998
The Whitewater grand jury in Little Rock, Arkansas, disbands and its term expires. Judge Norma Holloway Johnson rejects the executive privilege claims of three White House staffers. White House attorneys appeal the decision. Starr petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the question of executive privilege.

June 1998
Lewinsky gets a new team of attorneys. They discuss an immunity deal for Lewinsky in exchange for her testimony before the grand jury.

July 1998
Tripp testifies before the grand jury. Appeals over Secret Service testimony reach the Supreme Court. Chief Justice William Rehnquist rules the agents must testify. Several Secret Service personnel are called before the grand jury including the head of President Clinton's security detail, Larry Cockell. Deals are reached for both Lewinsky and Clinton's testimony. She is granted transactional immunity. He will be allowed to testify via closed-circuit television from the White House with his attorneys present.

August 1998
Chief Justice William Rehnquist rules that White House lawyers, including advisor Bruce Lindsey, are not protected by attorney-client privilege. Lewinsky testifies before the grand jury. President Clinton testifies and addresses the nation, admitting he had a relationship with Lewinsky that was "not appropriate." Starr recalls Lewinsky to appear again before the panel.

September 1998
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr delivers a 449 page report to Congress. The White House, Congress and the American people react to the report's delivery. The Congress votes to authorize the House Judiciary Committee to release the documents. The report is released, followed 10 days later by Clinton's videotaped testimony and 3000+ other documents. Details on these stories on our special coverage page.