What Is the History of the Bill Clinton Impeachment?

In 1995, President Bill Clinton began an extramarital sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. During his testimony in the Paula Jones sexual-harassment case, Clinton denied having relations with Lewinsky. However, on Aug. 17, 1998, Clinton testified to a grand jury that he had in fact had an affair. The House of Representatives impeached Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998 on three charges that included perjury and obstruction of justice.

The news of Clinton's affair came out after Lewinsky, who had been transferred to the Pentagon in 1996, admitted the affair to her co-worker Linda Tripp. Tripp recorded the conversations in secret over the course of the next two years. Lewinsky, under advice of the president, signed an affidavit denying the affair. However, she recanted and was given full immunity to the charges, and she admitted to the affair in testimony on Aug. 6, 1998.

After both Lewinsky and Clinton's testimony, independent counsel Kenneth Starr submitted his report to the House of Representatives on Sept. 9, 1998. After the impeachment, the Senate began the trial of President Clinton on Jan. 7, 1999. On Feb. 12, 1999, the Senate acquitted Clinton on all articles of impeachment having failed to get a majority to vote for impeachment.