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This is an archive of Washington Post news and feature stories from January 1999 about the accusations against President Clinton. Links to coverage from other months are on the News Archive page.

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From Sunday, January 31

Poll: Most Oppose Continuing Trial
While the public remains firmly against removing President Clinton from office, most Americans believe the Senate should censure him. Small majorities oppose the decisions to continue the impeachment trial with witnesses.

Sense of History May Pull Senate Together
Clinton Plans to Be Here for Senate Vote
Senators Fiercely Partisan but Still Civil
Voters Pledging Payback in 2000
Landow Denies Authorizing Probe

From Saturday, January 30

Senate Subpoenas Three, Ponders New Plan
The Senate delivered subpoenas to Monica S. Lewinsky and two other witnesses in President Clinton's impeachment trial, as some senators raised concerns about a budding plan to condemn Clinton's behavior without removing him from office.

Leaders Pick Senators for Depositions
Man Says He Was Hired in Willey Matter
Gag Order Issued for Steele
Md. Seeks to Question Tripp's Ex-Lawyer
Senate Is Chaplain's Congregation

From Friday, January 29

Senate Aims for Final Vote in Mid-February
The Senate approved a plan intended to end President Clinton's impeachment trial by Feb. 12 but broke along party lines for the second day in a row as the Republican majority outvoted Democrats who wanted to bar Monica S. Lewinsky from testifying on the Senate floor.

Clinton Aides Now Tossing Darts at GOP
The Majority Rules – As Usual
GOP Senators Treading Gingerly
Collins: A Freshman Plays the Endgame
Feingold: Maverick or Turncoat?
Outline of Trial Procedures

Online Extras:
Senate Rules for Deposing Witnesses
Senate Roll Call Vote on GOP Plan
Vote on Democratic Alternative
Vote on Plan to Begin Final Debate

From Thursday, January 28

Senate GOP Still Hopes for Bipartisanship
Senators are trading ideas on a Republican plan to depose three witnesses by Monday, consider calling live witnesses Tuesday, hear testimony if necessary and finish the trial soon after.

Senators Say Trial Must Go On
Breaking Ranks, Feingold Stands Alone
Analysis: Republicans Risk Wrath
Defense Team Debates Its Next Steps
Senators Again Mulling Censure Options
Republicans Can't Win for Winning
The Managers: Heros of the Proletariat?
Man With Weapons Arrested at Capitol

Online Extras:
Roll Call: Motion to Dismiss
Roll Call: Motion to Call Witnesses
3-D Panorama: The Talk After the Vote

From Wednesday, January 27

House GOP Asks for 3 Witnesses
House Republican prosecutors proposed a dramatically scaled-back witness list, asking to subpoena just Monica Lewinsky and two advisers to President Clinton, while simultaneously petitioning the Senate to invite the president himself to answer questions under oath.

Analysis: GOP Poised to End Bipartisanship
Analysis: For Prosecutors, Trade-Offs
GOP 'Moderates' Take Center Stage
Journal: Trial Comes to Fork in the Road
Court Reinstates Hubbell Tax Case
From a Distance: An Amused Novelist
From a Distance: An Amused Novelist
Sarbanes Now Favors Open Senate Debate
Media Upset as Trial Goes Dark
The Route of the Problem
Excerpts from Tuesday's Debate
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From Tuesday, January 26

In Closed Session, Senate Searches for Way Out
Capping a day of false starts and clumsy attempts at compromise, the Senate retreated behind closed doors in an anxious search for a resolution to President Clinton's impeachment trial.

GOP Struggling for Graceful Exit
Senate Votes to Close the Doors
And Now With the News... Jay Leno
Flailing Senate in Search of a Strategy
High Schoolers Do It Better
Impeachment E-Mail Swamps the Hill
Lewinsky Asks for OK to Do Interviews
Daschle Maneuvers Help Democrats
Tom Harkin, Trial's Objector-in-Chief
Lewinsky Makes Senators Uncomfortable
Senate Is Formality's Last Refuge

Online Extras:
Text: Senate Questions Posed to Clinton
Roll Call of Senate Vote on Deliberations

From Monday, January 25

Key GOP Senators Urge Trial's End
House prosecutors interviewed Monica Lewinsky even as several key Republican senators signaled opposition to such a move and urged a quick end to the proceedings.

N.J. 'Focus Group' Ready for Conclusion
Debates Could Be Behind Closed Doors
Bumpers Sought to Unite Democrats
Lewinsky Pulled Back Into Washington
Return of the World's Most Famous Intern
Media Notes: Hooray for Larry Flynt?

From Sunday, January 24

Judge Orders Lewinsky to Cooperate
A federal judge acting at the request of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr ordered Monica S. Lewinsky Saturday to talk with House prosecutors, igniting hours of testy debate and further polarizing the Senate at a decisive moment in President Clinton's impeachment trial.

Judge Orders Lewinsky Interview
Senate's Split Clouds Effort to End Trial
Starr Again Emerges in the Middle
'Unshakable' Hyde Fights to the Finish
A Manager Makes Room For Doubts
Rehnquist Opinion Key to Arguments
Lewinsky Is Back, and Everyone Knows It
Possible Interview Topics

Online Extras:
Full Text: Starr's Motion on Lewinsky Interview
Full Text: Judge's Order to Lewinsky
Full Text: Harkin's Letter to Rehnquist

From Saturday, January 23

Starr Tries to Force Lewinsky Interview
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, stepping into the middle of President Clinton's impeachment trial, went to federal court to try to force former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky to talk with the House Republican "managers" prosecuting the case in the Senate.

Momentum for Quick End to Trial Grows
Prosecutors, Defense Trade Arguments
Air Goes Out of Impeachment Balloon
Byrd: The Soul of the U.S. Senate
Rehnquist's Character Emerges
Off the Floor: Where the Action Is

Online Extras:
Full Text: Byrd Statement

From Friday, January 22

Senators Look for Ways to Halt Proceedings
As the White House wrapped up its defense presentation, several Senate Republicans said they are now leaning against calling witnesses to testify in President Clinton's impeachment trial.

Bumpers Asks for End to 'Nightmare'
Blending Roles in Hour of Drama
House Team Seeks Time to Rebut
Attentive Through the Tedium
Texan Couple: Nation Must Come First
Carville Hoax Retracted
Looking Over the Senate's Shoulder

Online Extras:
Full Text: Bumpers's Senate Speech
Full Text: Kendall's Senate Speech

From Thursday, January 21

Clinton's Lawyers Deconstruct Allegations
In a chart-by-chart, charge-by-charge rebuttal to the prosecution, White House lawyers deconstructed the allegations against President Clinton to try to show that they amount to "trivial" disputes and distorted evidence overblown into a constitutional crisis.

Democrats May Try for a Quick Vote
Cheryl Mills: A Star is Born
Senators Plot Strategy for Question Period
Analysis: Whittling Down the House Case
Down the Rabbit Hole and Into the Senate
Excerpts From the Defense

From Wednesday, January 20

Clinton Defense Calls Charges 'Witches Brew'
President Clinton's chief lawyer opened the White House defense presentation today with a scathing rebuttal of the House impeachment case, calling it the product of "spider webs" of conjecture and "prosecutorial fudgemaking."

Trial Journal: Clinton on the High Wire
Opening Defense Impresses Both Sides
Analysis: Ruff Jabs at Prosecution
Ex-Senator Bumpers Joins Clinton Defense
Woman in Willey Case Pleads Not Guilty
Jones's Lawyers Battle Over Fees
Excerpts From Ruff's Defense | Full Text
From Style: Battle Over Morality
America's Voiceless Vote With the Remote

Online Extras:
Audio and Video From the Senate Floor
State of the Union Special Report

From Tuesday, January 19

Daschle: Calling Witnesses 'May Be Inevitable'
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said it "may be inevitable" that Republicans will vote to call witnesses over the Democrats' objections.

Defense Must Prove More Than Innocence
Clinton to Address Congress, the Nation
State of the Union: Crafting the Speech
Va.'s Robb Conspicuously Quiet on Trial

From Monday, January 18

White House Defense to Stress Conflicts
President Clinton's legal team plans to lay out a defense that will plunge into the conflict-laden factual record about the president's relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky.

The Starr Witness for the White House
White House Might Call Starr as Witness
From Style: Prosecution and Persecution

From Sunday, January 17

Hyde Warns of 'Permanent Damage' to Presidency
Summoning the ghosts of war dead and the lessons of history, House prosecutors wrapped up their opening presentation at President Clinton's impeachment trial with a call to restore the "sacred honor" of the presidency.

House Case Impresses Senators
Response Vindicates House Prosecutors
The Presentation: Lofty and Plainspoken
Analysis: 'Cleansing' the White House
Reaction: One Couple's Annoyance

Online Extras:
Trial Transcripts

From Saturday, January 16

Day Two: Prosecutors Press for Witnesses
The House prosecution team tied its case against President Clinton tightly to the credibility of Monica S. Lewinsky during the second day of arguments in his impeachment trial and implored senators who do not take her word over his to ask them both to testify.

Some GOP Moderates Want Testimony
Managers to Make Case for Removal
Could Clinton Be Subpoenaed?
Senators Consider Vows of Silence
Trial Journal: More Than a Jury
Medical Journal Editor Fired
GOP Leader Seeks Investigation of Flynt
Clinton Lawyer Quizzes Tripp at Deposition
From Style: Double Trouble

Online Extras:
Trial Transcripts
Q&A: Alan Dershowitz Online

   


From Friday, January 15

House Prosecutors Open the Case Against Clinton
A team of House Republican prosecutors opened their case against President Clinton and urged the senators sitting as jurors in his impeachment trial to vindicate "the rule of law" by demonstrating that "the president of the United States has no license to lie under oath."

Prosecutors' Hurdle: Making Case Fresh
In Back Rooms, Next Steps Are Weighed
On the Floor, First Day Wore On, On, On
State of Union Puts GOP in a Dilemma
From White House, Strategic Silence
As a Jury, Senate Is Full of Conflicts
A Shift in Venue Alters Pressure
House GOP Won't Seek Willey's Testimony
View From Detroit: Plague on Both Houses
Classrooms Struggle With Scandal
Shales: A Real Trial for Viewers
Anchor Dan Rather's 'Momentous Day'
Diary: The Feeling is Unanimous

Online Extras:
Trial Transcripts
Audio and Video
Text: House Reply to Clinton Trial Memo
Q&A: Post Senior Writer Bob Kaiser

From Thursday, January 14

Clinton Confident; Prosecutors Set to Begin
On the eve of opening arguments in his Senate impeachment trial, President Clinton broke his silence Wednesday to argue that his conduct did not justify throwing him out of office.

Senators Prepare for History
Process: Questions and Answers
House Managers: 13 Angry Prosecutors
Decorum: Senators Circulate 'Guidelines'
Trent Lott: Looking for Order on the Hill
James Carville: A Party Animal

Online Extras:
Text: White House Trial Memorandum
Text: Clinton Comments on Impeachment
Hotline Founder Doug Bailey Answered Questions Online

From Wednesday, January 13

Case Closed: Clinton Pays Jones Settlement
President Clinton sent an $850,000 check to Paula Jones, finally closing out the sexual harassment lawsuit that continues to imperil his presidency, and in a surprise move, financed nearly half the settlement with his own money.

President's Jury: 100 Interested Parties
Trial Has Yet to Dent Senate Business
C-SPAN Strikes Flynt

From Tuesday, January 12

House, Clinton Lawyers Lay Out Case for Senate
The prosecution and defense in President Clinton's impeachment trial laid out their cases in writing for the Senate jurors who will decide his fate.

Managers Warn of Trial's Future Impact
Flynt Calls Rep. Barr a Hypocrite

Online Extras:
Full Text: White House Defense
Full Text: House Trial Brief

From Monday, January 11

Despite Agreements, Party Lines Divide Senate
For all of the talk of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate remain split not only on key issues such as witnesses or censure but also on whether the allegations against President Clinton are serious enough to remove a president from office.

Analysis: Clinton Looks to History Books
Larry Flynt: Both Ears to the Ground
Media: 'Love Child' Story Is an Orphan

From Sunday, January 10

How House, Clinton May State the Case
The Senate trial of President Clinton could look like anything from a tedious rehashing of the existing evidence to a full O.J. Simpson-style spectacle.

Consensus Reached After Twists and Turns
Legacies Echo Through Clinton's Crisis
GOP Analysts Fear Long-Term Damage
In Outlook: Don't Worry, We've Got Your Number
In Outlook: If We Ask It Right, You Answer Well

   


From Saturday, January 9

Senate Forges Agreement on Trial Procedure
The Senate on Friday broke a partisan impasse that had threatened to rupture its impeachment trial of President Clinton from the start, forging a unanimous agreement to begin hearing the case next week while postponing the critical decision on whether to call witnesses.

Senate Strives to Be Senatorial
Day Two: Club Frames Compromise
Clinton Focuses on Economic Progress
Impeachment Raises Questions of Faith
Humor: The Pitch for Tripp
Text: Senate Impeachment Trial Resolution

From Friday, January 8

Clinton Trial Opens With Rules Unsettled
The United States Senate opened the first impeachment trial of a president in 131 years on Thursday, starting on a solemn note with the formal reading of charges and administering of oaths but quickly grinding to a halt amid deep disagreements over what to do next.

Day One: Trial Is Real but Without Form
Senate Quest for Accord Reflects Contrast
Woman Who Disputed Willey Is Indicted
Tripp 'Urgently' Seeks Donations
Dispute Centers Around Witnesses
House Republicans Are Target of Wrath
Excerpts From Daschle and Lott
Public Shuffles Through History
The View From the Double T Diner
A City Obsessed With Process

From Thursday, January 7

Managers Plan for Live Testimony
With the impeachment trial of President Clinton set to open in the morning, House prosecutors plan to call as many as 10 witnesses, including Monica S. Lewinsky, despite uncertainty about whether the Senate will agree to hear them.

Chief Justice at the Helm
Senate Republicans Sour on Censure
Senate Faces Legal Quandaries
Starr Tried to Limit Leak Probe
Two From Ole Miss Hitting It Big
Freshmen Split on House Vote
Area Senators Hold Varied Views

From Wednesday, January 6

Senate Impeachment Trial Will Open on Thursday
The impeachment trial of President Clinton will open in the Senate on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott announced as Senate leaders struggled to reach agreement on basic procedural questions.

Trend in GOP Is Against Quick Vote
Santorum Sees Risks in Vote on Clinton

From Tuesday, January 5

Clinton Defense to Attack Evidence at Senate Trial
President Clinton's defense team has concluded that it effectively ceded too much of the factual battleground during impeachment proceedings in the House and plans to shift strategy in the Senate away from constitutional arguments to a more concentrated attack on the evidence.

Two Senators Bridge Gulf With Trial Plan

From Monday, January 4

Senate Divided Over How to Proceed With Trial
Key senators strongly disagreed over whether the Senate should end the impeachment trial of President Clinton after a few days if a test vote shows he will not be convicted.

(The Last) Trial of the Century!

From Sunday, January 3

GOP Split Over Trial of Clinton
When Congress comes back to work, it resumes a divisive impeachment process that has already brought months of anguish to both the nation and its leaders.

From Saturday, January 2

Clintons Are Most Admired Man, Woman

From Friday, January 1

Lott Searching for Consensus
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott intensely canvassed fellow senators about his plan for an expedited trial of President Clinton amid a backlash of criticism from some conservative senators who vigorously object to Lott's approach.

Analysis: Lott's Plan Looks to 2000 Election

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