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September 1998 News Archive

This is an archive of Washington Post news and feature stories from September 1998 about the accusations against President Clinton. Links to coverage from other months are on the News Archive page.

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From Wednesday, September 30

House GOP Pushes for Wide Impeachment Probe
House Republicans pressed ahead with a plan to give the Judiciary Committee the power to pursue a Watergate-style open-ended impeachment inquiry against President Clinton.

From Tuesday, September 29

Coalition of Activists to Air TV Ads on Clinton's Behalf
A loose coalition of unions and liberal activists is planning to raise several million dollars to be spent on television ads next month supporting President Clinton and accusing Republicans of pursuing personal scandal at the expense of other issues.

From Monday, September 28

Senators Try to Find Way Out for Clinton
Sens. John F. Kerry and Orrin G. Hatch share a penchant for legislative activism that has led them to try to head off an agonizing ordeal over the impeachment of President Clinton.


From Sunday, September 27

The Judiciary Panel: A Mix of Extremes
The House Judiciary Committee that is on the brink of taking up the impeachment of President Clinton projects a sharpened and amplified image of the nation's cultural and ideological extremes.

From Saturday, September 26

Clinton Shelves Scandal, Attacks GOP on Budget
An invigorated President Clinton disregarded impeachment threats and provoked a new fight with congressional Republicans over stalled spending bills.

From Friday, September 25

Clinton Lawyers Exploring Jones Settlement
President Clinton's lawyers are quietly exploring a financial settlement with Paula Jones.

Gloom Lifting Over White House
After months of wandering, President Clinton and his political team suddenly find themselves treading on familiar terrain.

Judiciary Committee to Review More Data
The House Judiciary Committee will review as many as 60,000 more pages of documents submitted by independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

From Thursday, September 24

Gingrich Rejects Quick Out for Clinton
House Speaker Newt Gingrich rejected any quick plea bargain-style deal to head off impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and the Republican leadership set in motion plans for the House to vote on whether to launch a formal inquiry before adjourning Oct. 9.

From Wednesday, September 23

White House: Campaigning for Censure
Buoyed by the positive response of many Democrats to the broadcast of President Clinton's grand jury testimony, the White House and its allies have intensified a campaign to build support on Capitol Hill for quickly censuring Clinton as an alternative to impeachment.

From Tuesday, September 22

Grand Jury Testimony Plays to Millions
The House released the raw video footage of President Clinton's grand jury testimony and 3,183 pages of evidence chronicling his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in explicit detail.

From Monday, September 21

Clinton Team Says Hill May See Backlash
White House officials and congressional Democrats argue that the release of President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony and 2,800 pages of sexually explicit documents will generate new sympathy for Clinton.

From Sunday, September 20

Analysis: Searching for 'the Right Choice'
One week into a constitutional process that could lead to President Clinton's removal from office, neither Republicans nor Democrats can see the endgame. Democratic defenders cling to the hope that he can escape with a stiff censure. Republicans wonder whether the public would support a decision to remove the president.

From Saturday, September 19

Clinton Videotape Set for Release
The House Judiciary Committee approved the release of President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony in the Monica S. Lewinsky case, along with 2,800 pages of documents containing substantial amounts of sexually explicit material.

From Friday, September 18

Release of Clinton Tapes Delayed
The House Judiciary Committee bogged down in a fierce partisan battle over how much secret evidence from the Monica Lewinsky investigation to make public.

Affairs: Hyde Story Stirs Hostilities
The disclosure of a 30-year-ago extramarital affair by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde provoked an extraordinary display of acrimony.

From Thursday, September 17

Clinton Stresses His Duties as House Plans Release of Video
President Clinton brushed aside talk of resignation or impeachment, vowing instead to concentrate on repairing his shattered family and tending to his official duties.

From Wednesday, September 16

House May Release Clinton Video
Undaunted by White House objections, the House Judiciary Committee is preparing to release the videotape of President Clinton’s grand jury testimony.

From Tuesday, September 15

Daschle, Gephardt Decry Legalistic Answers
Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle and House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt criticized the White House legal defense strategy.
Statements from Gephardt, Daschle

Legal: Clinton Could Face Jeopardy
President Clinton finds himself in an excruciating box as his party demands that he jettison his lawyers' arguments.

Washington: Government's Work Continues
The Starr Report is not the only thing happening on the planet.

Judiciary: Panel Shows Partisan Split
A partisan chasm is developing over whether the behavior is grounds for impeachment.

Media: Public, Press Part on Starr Probe
The contrast between public opinion and the media's sense of betrayal has never been starker.

From Monday, September 14

Lawmakers Warn Clinton on Tactics
Lawmakers warned President Clinton that more legal hairsplitting about his actions could doom his hopes of staying in office.

New Poll: Clinton's Support Dips
A new Post poll shows that a majority of Americans believe Clinton should be censured but not forced from office.

From Sunday, September 13

Clinton Lawyers Hit Back
On the day after the release of Kenneth Starr's graphic report to Congress, the White House intensified its counterattack against the independent counsel's findings.

Monica's Story: 'I Never Expected to Fall in Love'
The affair between the married president and the onetime intern depicted in independent counsel Kenneth Starr's impeachment report was a complex relationship, punctuated by moments of tenderness and times of turmoil.

From Saturday, September 12

Starr Cites 'Abundant' Lies
President Clinton betrayed his "constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws," prosecutors charged in a 453-page impeachment report overflowing with graphic accounts of sexual escapades in the Oval Office suite.

Clinton: Atoning but Not Retreating
Addressing a group of ministers gathered at the White House's annual prayer breakfast, President Clinton emotionally acknowledged that he had "sinned," but served notice that he was not done fighting.


From Friday, September 11

President Lied and Obstructed Justice, Impeachment Report Contends
The independent counsel report to the House contends there are 11 possible grounds for impeachment of President Clinton, including allegations that he lied under oath, tampered with witnesses, obstructed justice and abused power to hide his affair with Monica S. Lewinsky, according to sources informed about some of its contents.

Vote Sets Capitol Process in Motion
The House Rules Committee began the congressional process that could lead to President Clinton's impeachment, recommending that the full House immediately make public the independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's report.

From Thursday, September 10

Starr Submits Report to House
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr sent the House of Representatives what he deemed "substantial and credible" evidence that may warrant the impeachment of President Clinton.

Analysis: Report Starts an Uncertain Journey
In one dramatic, televised moment, the focal point of the Clinton investigation moved from the independent counsel to Congress.

Clinton Apologizes to Top Democrats
President Clinton made a private apology to House Democrats in the rarefied confines of the White House residence. Six hours later he made a public apology in the everyday surroundings of a downtown Orlando hotel.

House Democrats Tread Carefully
Nervous Democratic members of the House returning to Washington welcomed renewed expressions of contrition from President Clinton but were guarded in their comments on his political or legal prospects.

Clinton Finds Forgiveness in Florida
As a growing number of key Democrats in Washington and around the country continue to distance themselves from Clinton, Fla. Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay gave him a heartening endorsement,

Express Delivery Catches the Hill by Suprise
Both parties thought they had time to work out the details, but suddenly they didn't.

Report's Handling Still in Dispute
House leaders are furiously working out terms for unveiling portions of the report.

Senate Hearing Probes Impeachment Process
One of Clinton's most persistent Senate critics convened a hearing yesterday to showcase legal arguments on how to punish presidential misdeeds.

Starr's Letter to House Leaders
Text of a letter from independent counsel Kenneth Starr to House leaders upon delivering his report.

Statement by Starr's Spokesman
Text of a statement to reporters by Charles Bakaly, the spokesman for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, after the report was delivered.

Statement by President Clinton's Lawyer, David Kendall
Text of a statement by David Kendall, President Clinton's lawyer, at the White House after independent counsel Kenneth Starr's report was delivered.

Excerpt of President Clinton's Speech in Orlando, Fla.
An excerpt of the speech President Clinton delivered in Orlando, Fla., while on a fund-raising swing to support Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay in his Democratic gubernatorial bid.

Comments by Congressional Leaders
Text of a news conference with congressional leaders to discuss independent counsel Kenneth Starr's report.

From Wednesday, September 9

Clinton to Ask Party Leaders to Stick By Him
President Clinton summoned the House Democratic leadership to the White House for an urgent meeting at which advisers expect him to express regret for his actions regarding Monica S. Lewinsky in an attempt to shore up political support.

New Starr-Kendall Dispute Flares
A never-before-used provision in the independent counsel law is at the center of a new controversy between President Clinton's lawyers and independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.

Moral Values Top Voters' Agenda
The White House scandal has pushed moral values to the top of the voters' agenda and threatens to depress Democratic turnout.

Maryland Crowd Tries to Boost Clinton's Spirits
President Clinton received an enthusiastic reception at a Silver Spring elementary school, where he urged Americans to focus on "the big challenges facing the country" and heard not a word about the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Bauer Calls for Clinton to Quit
Gary Bauer began a television advertising campaign in Iowa demanding that President Clinton resign from office because of his affair.

    From Style:

    Joe Lockhart's Insider Job
    Joe Lockhart's media experience may come in handy when he succeeds his pal Mike McCurry as White House press secretary next month.

From Tuesday, September 8

Hill Grapples to Define 'Impeachable'
Lawmakers have begun to grapple with the question that independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's report will force them to confront: Do Clinton's actions amount to impeachable offenses?

Starr Looks to Watergate's 'Road Map'
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's aides have been combing through the records of Nixon-era maneuvers for insights.

Kendall Wants to Preview Starr's Report
President Clinton's personal attorney asked independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr for a chance to review any report detailing possibly impeachable offenses before it is sent to Congress.

Clinton Should Resign, Baptist Leader Says
The head of the Southern Baptist Convention said President Clinton should resign from office "before he is instrumental in corrupting all our young people."

From Monday, September 7

Impeachment Hearings Are Considered More Likely
Legislators from both parties said that impeachment hearings were increasingly likely after this year's congressional elections.

Gore's Woes Energize GOP's 2000 Hopefuls
Vice President Gore, still the clear favorite to win the Democratic nomination, seems less formidable than he did a few months ago – and the GOP presidential nomination more enticing.

From Sunday, September 6

White House Braces for Starr Report
The White House is bracing for a punishing report to Congress from independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr that some of President Clinton's advisers have now concluded will be more sexually explicit, and possibly more politically damaging, as a result of his grand jury testimony.

President Returning to an Altered, and Colder, Washington
Facing the prospect that his presidency may be permanently disabled, President Clinton returned from Ireland to a Washington environment dramatically different than the one he left for three weeks of vacation and foreign travel.

Lott: White House Can't Handle Events
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said the Clinton administration appears too distracted by the Monica S. Lewinsky situation to deal with world affairs.

Glendening Drops Clinton Fund-Raiser
Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening firmly distanced himself from President Clinton canceling a fund-raiser with the president that once promised to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars for the governor's tough reelection bid.


From Saturday, September 5

Clinton Says He Is Sorry About Lewinsky
President Clinton issued a new and direct apology for having an affair with Monica S. Lewinsky and deceiving the nation about it, finally using the simple words he refused to utter on three previous occasions: "I'm sorry."

Outspoken Critic Admits His Own Affair
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Dan Burton, one of President Clinton's most persistent and combative critics, acknowledged that he is the father of a child who was born out of wedlock.
Full Text: Rep. Dan Burton on His Affair

Tripp Is Helping Starr With Other Probes
Linda R. Tripp has provided grand jury testimony about at least two other matters under investigation by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.

House Panel Wants Unprecedented Power
The House Judiciary Committee is asking for unprecedented powers exempting the panel from many longstanding House rules as it reviews President Clinton's conduct in the Monica S. Lewinsky scandal.

Judge Won't Delay McDougal's Trial
Dublin Is Clinton's Kind of Town
Glendening Will Skip Clinton's Visit to Md.

From Friday, September 4

As Outcry Grows, Aides Prepare Fight
President Clinton's defense team is embarked on a combative strategy in which the plan is to heighten their attacks on independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr and concede no official wrongdoing.

Leading Senate Democrat Blasts Clinton's Behavior
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) delivered an extraordinary public condemnation of President Clinton from the floor of the Senate.

Clinton Critic's Words Hold Weight
Few senators speak with more moral authority – or studied political savvy – than Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.

FEC Audit Led to New Clinton Probe
Attorney General Janet Reno launched a new review of whether President Clinton violated campaign financing laws after Federal Election Commission auditors concluded this summer that his 1996 reelection illegally benefited from massive Democratic Party advertising.

From Thursday, September 3

President Stands Pat on Lewinsky Speech
President Clinton said he believes he has adequately expressed "my profound regret to all who were hurt" by his extramarital affair with Monica S. Lewinsky and his false denials to the nation.

President Said He Aided Lewinsky in Job Hunt
President Clinton told prosecutors that he tried to help Monica S. Lewinsky in January in her efforts to find a private-sector job and asked a senior White House aide whether he would be willing to write her a favorable job recommendation.

Clinton Faces New Campaign Probe
President Clinton is the subject of a new Justice Department probe to determine whether an independent counsel should investigate allegations that he personally violated campaign spending laws during his 1996 reelection effort.

GOP Energized by Democrats' Troubles
Energized by a presidential sex scandal they predict will depress Democratic turnout in November, Republican leaders are developing a far more ambitious plan for increasing their numbers in Congress.

    From Style:

    Lanny Davis, Pro Bono Spinner
    Lanny Davis is inescapable these days. The irony is that Davis is far more of a television presence than during his White House stint, when his bosses rarely let him near a camera.

From Wednesday, September 2

Jones Judge May Cite Clinton for Contempt
The federal judge who presided over the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit raised the prospect that she might hold President Clinton in contempt of court because of apparently misleading answers he gave about his relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky.

Voters Express Mixed Feelings About Clinton
A focus group illustrates how many Americans approve of the president's performance, but not of the president's behavior.

Senate Democrats Aim to Head Off Defections
Alarmed that Senate Democrats might begin abandoning President Clinton, their leaders moved to head off defections that they feared could cost the party dearly in the November midterm elections.

Burton Preemptively Tells of Marital Problems
Trying to preempt what he called a "scandal story" by a Vanity Fair writer, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) has taken the unusual step of telling reporters about his marital problems.

First Lady's Actions Get Close Attention
Everyone was watching for signs of the first couple's marital health as they made their first formal appearance together in the two weeks since he confessed to an extramarital affair with Monica S. Lewinsky.

From Tuesday, September 1

Lott 'Offended' by Clinton's Behavior
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said President Clinton has lost credibility, stature and the "moral dimension" of his presidency.


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