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President Clinton speaks in the White House Rose Garden after he was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial. (Reuters)
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This is an archive of Washington Post news and feature stories from February 1999 about the accusations against President Clinton. Links to coverage from other months are on the News Archive page.

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From Saturday, February 27

Polygraph Issues Raised in Steele Case
A lawyer for Julie Hiatt Steele, the lone person to face prosecution in the White House sex scandal, asserted that a polygraph test turned up problems with one of the witnesses against his client.

From Friday, February 26

Ruling Sets Back Tripp Investigation
A Maryland judge on Thursday refused to make one of Linda R. Tripp's former attorneys testify about secret recordings she made of telephone conversations with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky.

From Thursday, February 25

Lewinsky Apologizes to Nation for Ordeal
Monica S. Lewinsky says she wants to apologize for the yearlong political ordeal triggered by her affair with President Clinton, according to a source who attended her interview with ABC's Barbara Walters on Saturday.

Accuser Thought No One Would Believe Her
Clinton Legal Defense Fund Grows
A Not-So-Normal News Conference
Restraint Urged in Killing Prosecutor Law

From Wednesday, February 24

Judges Get Involved in Reno Probe of Starr
The federal judges who appointed Kenneth Starr are interceding in an escalating dispute between the independent counsel and Attorney General Janet Reno over her intent to investigate Starr's handling of the Monica Lewinsky matter.

NBC Ready to Air 'Jane Doe' Interview
Congress May Scrap Counsel Law
GOP Vows Cooperation With White House

From Tuesday, February 23

Crying Time In Prime Time for Lewinsky
Barbara Walters's sit-down over the weekend with Monica Lewinsky turned out to be so compelling and so "educational," ABC News decided to blow out its 9 p.m. entertainment programming on Wednesday, March 3, to get in every educational moment. The Lewinsky interview will air on "20/20" from 9 to 11 p.m.

From Monday, February 22

GOP Senate Seats on the Line
In the wake of President Clinton's impeachment and acquittal at a Senate trial, Democratic campaign strategists have targeted 10 Republican senators for defeat. The Democrats are determined to portray these incumbents as trapped in a renegade party controlled by an ideological right wing and defiant of voters who twice elected Clinton.

Where Trial Is 'Red Meat,' Ashcroft Isn't Indulging
Rivals May Cast Chafee as Party Captive
All's Quiet in the Other Washington

From Saturday, February 20

'Jane Doe #5' Tells Story of Alleged 1978 Assault
After years of laboring to avoid becoming a public figure, Juanita Broaddrick, the woman known in court documents as "Jane Doe #5," is speaking out about her sensational and unproven allegation that President Clinton sexually assaulted her in an Arkansas hotel room 21 years ago, when he was the state's attorney general.

Long-Simmering Story Goes Mainstream
Reno Seeks Pact With Starr on Probe

From Friday, February 19

Experts Deflate Dispute Over Blumenthal Lunch
Legal and media experts say the controversy involving White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, British writer Christopher Hitchens and their conflicting depositions and affidavits doesn't amount to much. But that could change if the Justice Department begins an investigation.

From Thursday, February 18

Clinton Won't Seek Recusal of Jones Judge
President Clinton will not ask a federal judge who is considering whether to find him in contempt of court to step aside because she spoke with the prosecution team in his impeachment trial, according to sources informed about the decision.

From Wednesday, February 17

Jones Case Judge May Cite Clinton
Just days after winning acquittal at his impeachment trial, President Clinton was confronted with a new legal threat as a federal judge signaled that she may hold him in contempt of court for providing misleading testimony about his affair with Monica S. Lewinsky.

From Tuesday, February 16

Clinton Enters Post-Impeachment Renewal Phase
With his impeachment trial behind him, President Clinton returned to the world stage free to focus on international challenges, such as drugs and trade, without the distractions of a domestic scandal.

Lott Takes GOP Tax-Cut Show on the Road
Impeachment Trial Over, but Heat Still on Sen. Robb
The Karma Kid

From Monday, February 15

Public Gives Clinton Blame, Record Support
Most Americans approve of the Senate votes not to remove President Clinton from office but blame him for the impeachment trial and remain divided over what, if anything, should happen next, according to a new Washington Post survey.

Scholars Consider Trial's Legal Lessons

From Sunday, February 14

A Train That Wouldn't Stop
The five-month drive to remove President Clinton was kept in motion by a committed few, even as their fervor helped seal their defeat. The Post looks back at the crucial turning points.

Behind Closed Doors, Senate Struggled
Scandal May Resonate in Campaigns
Clinton, Hill GOP Turn to Agendas
Collective Sigh Heard Round the World

From Saturday, February 13

Clinton Acquitted
The United States Senate acquitted William Jefferson Clinton on charges that he committed perjury and obstruction of justice to hide sexual indiscretions with a onetime White House intern, permitting the 42nd president to complete the remaining 708 days of his term.

Image: The Feb. 13 Front Page
President Responds With Simple Apology
Senate GOP Moderates Go Their Own Way
Censure Resolution Put on Indefinite Hold
Rehnquist Departs Trying Experience
For Senators, a Defining Moment
Lieberman: One Senator's Journey
Va.'s Warner Breaks Ranks
'Managers' Put Brave Face on Bitter Loss
Predictability Can't Rob the Moment
Scandal's Storm Cloud Dissipates Quietly
At Last, Time for the 'People's Business'
Lawyer Qualifies Tripp's Statement
A Capital City Without a Country
The Scandal: Making Sins of It All
For Press, Is This the End of the Story?
A Bipartisan Motion to Adjourn Out of Town

Online Extra:
Roll Call Votes: Perjury | Obstruction
Text of Clinton's Rose Garden Statement
Clinton's E-mail to White House Staff
Full Text of Censure Resolution
Multimedia Slideshow: The Senate Trial
Post Cartoons: On Trial With Herblock
3-D Panorama: Kennedy News Conference

From Friday, February 12

Acquittal Nears Majority in Friday's Vote
Secret deliberations in President Clinton's trial wound toward a finish, as a fourth Republican announced plans to reject both articles of impeachment.

Clinton's Path: Redemption or Retribution
Analysis: Next Move Is Starr's
Schippers Calls Trial a 'Sham'
Feinstein: A Last-Minute Push for Censure
Scandal's Legacy: A Blush of Open Sex Talk
For Teens, the Political Is Personal
Tripp Accuses Clinton of Abuse
Hitchens: The Journalist's Sharpened Pen
Scandal Rewrites the Media's Rules
Lewinsky's Quiet Helper on Book Deal

From Thursday, February 11

Acquittal May Win Majority
Three Republican senators declared Wednesday that they will vote to acquit President Clinton of high crimes and misdemeanors as closed-door deliberations stretched through a second day.

Year of Scandal Puts Washington on Trial
Justice Probes Starr's Alleged Misconduct
Rules Leave Senators Tongue-Tied
Steele Seeks Dismissal of Charges
In N.J., Case Confirms Worst Suspicions
Robert Byrd: The Unyielding Senator

From Wednesday, February 10

Senate Debates Clinton's Fate in Private
The Senate cleared its galleries and closed its doors to begin private deliberations on the fate of President Clinton, even though there appeared to be no secret about the ultimate outcome of the impeachment trial.

Clinton Plans Post-Vote Statement
GOP Fears Negatives Are Compounding
Sen. Bennett Rises Above the Debate
On-the-Job Training for Senate Page
Hotel's Recipe for Feeding the Frenzy

Online Extra:
Roll Call Vote on Public Deliberations

From Tuesday, February 9

Senate Set for Final Trial Debate
House Republican prosecutors facing near-certain defeat in President Clinton's impeachment trial mounted a final defense of their case yesterday as an unpopular but just cause, while the White House legal team condemned their efforts as an exercise in political retribution.

Public Deliberations Unlikely in Senate
Starr Asked to Answer Misconduct Query
Affidavits Grow in 'Stalker' Dispute
Analysis: Strongest Case Is a Weak Link
ABA Advocates End to Counsel Law
Prosecutors Defend Their Convictions
Tuned Out and Turned Off Near L.A.

From Monday, February 8

Senate Support Builds for Censure
With closing arguments in President Clinton's impeachment trial set to begin, a bipartisan group of senators pressed for agreement to punish Clinton with a toughly worded censure.

Sunday Shows Draw a Fifth of Senate
For Democrats, a Defining Moment
A Parting of Ways: Hitchens and Blumenthal

From Sunday, February 7

Perjury Charge Is Faltering in Senate
Launching a final effort Saturday to revive their case, House prosecutors faced an added hurdle: By some members' counts, no more than 40 of the Senate's 55 Republicans are willing to support a charge that Clinton lied about his relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky.

Senate, Nation View a Poised Lewinsky
Friend Questions Blumenthal Testimony
Senators Mourn Longtime Clerk
Video Views of President's Private Life
Internet Anti-Impeachment Drive Yields Big Pledges of Money, Time

Online Extra:
Hitchens Affidavit on Blumenthal

From Saturday, February 6

Democrats Step Up Push For Censure
With President Clinton's impeachment trial drawing to a close, Senate Democrats escalated efforts to persuade reluctant Republicans to censure the president and senators of both parties pushed to open the Senate's final deliberations to public viewing.

Senate Set to Air Deposition Videos
House Republicans Vow to Refocus
Senate Clerk Killed by Car; Wife Injured
Unemployed Carpenter Planned Disruption
Memorable Phrases Worth Forgetting

Online Extras:
Depositions: Lewinsky | Jordan | Blumenthal

From Friday, February 5

Senate Rejects Live Testimony
Bridging partisan divisions, the Senate charted a course to wrap up President Clinton's impeachment trial without Monica S. Lewinsky testifying and likely without any "findings of fact" that would cite presidential misconduct while leaving him in office.

Lewinsky Certain That Currie Called Her
Votes Signal Senate Wants an Ending
Senate Records a Vote Against 'Managers'
House GOP Leaders Sound an Alarm
President Calls for Reconciliation
Thurmond Leads in a Resounding 'No'
Disruption in Senate Brings Arrest
Chelsea Profiled Against Clintons' Wishes

Online Extras:
Thursday's Senate Roll Call Votes

From Thursday, February 4

Parties Split as Key Trial Votes Loom
Senate Democrats vowed to wage an "aggressive" battle to keep witnesses off the floor and prevent any finding of presidential misconduct, while Republicans struggled among themselves over how to bring President Clinton's impeachment trial to an appropriate end.

Senate's Dilemma: Reprimand or Removal
DeLay: Critic Finds Tables Turned
Shelby: Doubts Confound the Faithful
Rehnquist: The Bench Warmer's View
Media: Clintons Blast Chelsea Article

From Wednesday, February 3

Jordan Grilled About Lewinsky Contacts
A House prosecutor grilled attorney Vernon E. Jordan Jr. for nearly three hours yesterday about his dealings with President Clinton and Monica S. Lewinsky, while senators began studying videotapes of her deposition as they decide whether to call witnesses at the president's impeachment trial.

Patience With Trial Is Cracking
Dick Morris, High on the Critical List

From Tuesday, February 2

Clinton Lawyers Issue Apology to Lewinsky
President Clinton's legal team apologized to Monica Lewinsky Monday for all she has been put through after the former White House intern testified for more than four hours behind closed doors as part of his impeachment trial.

Senators Search for Bipartisan End to Trial
Justice Thomas Urged to Cancel Speech

From Monday, February 1

Prosecutors, White House to Question Lewinsky
With video cameras running and an eight-hour time limit, House prosecutors and White House lawyers will question Monica S. Lewinsky Monday in the opening day of their first, and likely last, chance to elicit new testimony in the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

Senators Search for Bipartisan End to Trial
The Theater of The Impeachment Trial

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