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Susan McDougal, left, and Julie Hiatt Steele, right, both contend that they were prosecuted by the independent counsel's office because they would not lie. (AP)
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Washington Post stories on President Clinton's impeachment and independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's ongoing investigation of the first family and their associates are archived here. To find stories published before January 1998, when Starr began his probe of the accusations involving Monica S. Lewinsky, see the "key story" pages in the Whitewater and Jones v. Clinton special reports.


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From Friday, December 17

Lewinsky Testimony Supports Case Against Tripp
Former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky commanded the spotlight as she took the witness stand in Howard County, Md., to help bolster state prosecutors' wiretapping case against her former close friend Linda R. Tripp.

From Thursday, December 16

Tripp Friends Say They Knew of Taped Phone Calls
Linda R. Tripp's bridge club members and state investigators testified Wednesday that what they told a Howard County grand jury about Tripp's phone recordings of Monica S. Lewinsky came from their own conversations and not from information Tripp provided under a federal grant of immunity.

From Wednesday, December 15

Md. Ruling Clears Way for Use of Tape in Tripps Trial
A Howard County judge ruled that Linda R. Tripp had no immunity agreement protecting her from prosecution on Maryland wiretapping charges and that her federal immunity did not cover a crucial recording of one of Tripp's phone calls with Monica S. Lewinsky.

Filing Suggests Starr Office Role in Tape Leak
An affidavit by an aide to former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr suggests that Starr's office may have facilitated the leak of one of Linda Tripp's surreptitious tape recordings to Newsweek magazine.

From Tuesday, December 14

Date of Tripp's Immunity at Issue
Linda R. Tripp understood that she could be prosecuted in Maryland on charges of illegally taping phone calls with Monica S. Lewinsky, but federal prosecutors told her that the immunity protection they were providing would make it "extraordinarily difficult" for her to be convicted, a lawyer with former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr testified.

From Saturday, December 11

Lewinksy Prepares to Testify in Tripp Case
Monica S. Lewinsky is preparing to testify at a pretrial hearing in the Linda R. Tripp wiretapping case that will determine if their taped conversations can be used as evidence, according to her lawyers and friends of her family.

From Monday, November 22

As Candidate, Independent Counsel Showed Strong Social Views
While recent articles about newly named independent counsel Robert W. Ray have focused almost exclusively on his credentials as a tough-minded prosecutor, his stances in Brooklyn, N.Y., school board races in 1993 and 1996 reveal that he is no political neophyte and that he harbors strong views on social issues.

From Friday, November 20

Judge Sets Tripp Tape Hearing for Dec. 13
A Howard County Circuit Court judge ruled that legal arguments over whether prosecutors can use as evidence a tape of Linda R. Tripp's conversation with Monica S. Lewinsky will take place before the trial itself.

From Thursday, November 18

Starr Deputies on List For Tripp Prosecution
Several current and former deputies of former independent counsel Kenneth Starr are on a prosecution witness list in the Linda R. Tripp wiretapping case, according to lawyers involved in the case.

From Saturday, October 16

Reactions Divided on Man Chosen to Succeed Starr
Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart said the choice of Robert W. Ray to succeed Starr was "a dubious proposition." But some of Ray's former legal opponents praised the the decision.

From Friday, October 15

Starr Plans to Leave Office
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr plans to resign this weekend, and a three-judge panel has appointed one of his assistants, Robert W. Ray, to succeed him as independent counsel, sources said.

From Friday, October 1

Starr Spent $7 Million During Impeachment Period
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr spent more than $7 million between last October and March, a six-month period that included the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, according to a General Accounting Office report

From Thursday, September 30

Judges Interview Possible Starr Successors
The three-judge panel that appointed independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr interviewed candidates to replace him, sources familiar with the matter said. Starr has told the panel he intends to leave his post by the end of October.

From Tuesday, September 28

Tripp Lawsuit Alleges Plot to Discredit Her
Linda R. Tripp yesterday filed a civil lawsuit accusing the White House, Defense Department and 99 "John and Jane Does" of orchestrating a campaign to leak embarrassing and confidential information about her in retaliation for her cooperation last year with independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.

From Tuesday, September 14

Starr Leaks Not Illegal, Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court ruled that independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr and his staff will not have to face contempt proceedings for allegedly leaking damaging information about President Clinton earlier this year.

From Saturday, September 4

Reno Says Panel Can Name Starr's Successor
The Justice Department has determined that the special panel of judges that appointed independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has the authority to appoint his successor if he should resign before he completes his investigation, Attorney General Janet Reno said.

From Monday, August 30

Soon to Be Jobless, Starr Has Winning Appeal
As Kenneth W. Starr prepares to rejoin his former colleagues at Kirkland & Ellis's 15th Street NW office in the District, there is one small matter of suspense: Who is going to hire this guy?

From Sunday, August 29

Starr Finds Unlikely Ally in Appeal
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr and the Clinton Justice Department joined forces to appeal a judge's ruling on alleged grand jury leaks during the Monica S. Lewinsky investigation.

From Saturday, August 28

Starr Spent Millions for Outside Help
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's office paid $4.2 million to outside contractors, including $1.5 million for private investigators, a new accounting of his five-year investigation of the Clintons and their associates shows.

From Friday, August 27

Prosecutor Rejects Tripp Request for Evidence
Maryland State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli has refused to turn over any evidence to Linda R. Tripp's defense attorneys and declined to respond to arguments that he would be unable to make the wiretapping case against her without using evidence she provided under a federal grant of immunity.

From Thursday, August 19

Starr Is Ready to Resign
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has advised the judges who appointed him that he expects to resign within the next few months, and has suggested they begin considering how to replace him, sources said.

Tripp Challenges Indictment in Maryland
Attorneys for Linda R. Tripp are questioning whether the state law can be used to prosecute Tripp for tape-recording a telephone conversation with Monica S. Lewinsky if Lewinsky was not in the state when the recording was made.

From Friday, August 13

Donations to Clinton Legal Fund Slowing
President Clinton's legal defense fund raised an additional $2.4 million during the first half of the year, allowing the first family to slice its legal debt in half but leaving it with approximately $5.2 million in unpaid bills.

From Saturday, July 31

Tripp Indicted on Charges of Wiretapping
After a 13-month investigation, Linda R. Tripp, whose secret telephone tapes of Monica S. Lewinsky led to President Clinton's impeachment, was indicted Friday in Maryland on rarely used criminal charges of illegal wiretapping.

Lewinsky Saga Tangled in Tape
The scandal unfolded with Linda Tripp's tape recorder, so perhaps it was inevitable that it would end with it as well.

Man Convicted for Shouting at Impeachment Trial
A Superior Court jury convicted a man of one misdemeanor count of disrupting Congress for standing up during Clinton's impeachment trial and shouting: "Good God Almighty, take the vote and get it over with!" – bringing the trial to a momentary standstill.

From Friday, July 30

Clinton Ordered to Pay Jones Legal Team
A federal judge ordered President Clinton to pay nearly $90,000 to Paula Jones's legal team for giving false testimony about his relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky, marking the first time that a sitting president has been punished for contempt of court.

Tripp Bracing for Wiretapping Indictment
The Maryland prosecutor who initiated a wiretapping investigation of Linda R. Tripp has scheduled a news conference for today, and Tripp's attorney said he anticipates his client will be indicted for illegally recording telephone conversations with Monica S. Lewinsky.

From Thursday, July 29

Clinton Critics Cleared of Tampering Charges
An investigation into whether critics of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton gave support or cash payments to witness David Hale to influence his testimony has concluded that many of the allegations of such payments were "unsubstantiated."

From Thursday, July 1

Hubbell Investigation Ends With Plea
Signaling the end of his five-year pursuit of President Clinton and the first lady, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr accepted a plea bargain with Webster L. Hubbell.

From Tuesday, June 29

Hubbell to Plead Guilty; Starr Probes Ending
Webster L. Hubbell has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge that he misled federal regulators about legal work he performed with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on a failed Arkansas real estate development, legal sources said. He will not face any jail time under the plea agreement.

From Friday, June 25

Lewinsky Questioned on Taping by Tripp
Monica S. Lewinsky was recently questioned by state prosecutors investigating whether Linda R. Tripp broke Maryland law when she taped conversations with Lewinsky, and Lewinsky's answers were presented to a Howard County grand jury last week, it was reported yesterday.

From Thursday, June 24

First Lady May Be Witness in Hubbell Trial
In a move that could complicate the first lady's political aspirations, Kenneth W. Starr has named Hillary Rodham Clinton as a potential witness for the trial of former law partner Webster L. Hubbell.

From Tuesday, June 15

A Prosecutor Bound by Duty
In the final excerpt from, "Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate," The Post's Bob Woodward provides an insider's look at what drove Kenneth W. Starr during his investigation of the Clintons.

From Monday, June 14

Public Dramas, Private Toll for First Lady
In the second of three excerpts from his new book, "Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate," The Post's Bob Woodward takes a look at how Hillary Clinton maintained her stoic persona despite being humiliated by her husband's sex scandal.

Starr Says He's Obligated to Investigate Clintons
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr said he has no choice but to keep investigating the Clintons, a course that could collide with the 2000 presidential election campaign and a possible Senate run by the first lady.

From Sunday, June 13

A President's Isolation
In the first of three excerpts from his new book, "Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate," The Post's Bob Woodward examines how President Clinton misled his closest legal advisers, setting the stage for last year's impeachment.

Watergate Lessons Still Being Learned, Book Says
President Clinton's confession last summer of an affair with Monica S. Lewinsky left him anguished and isolated from his family, according to Bob Woodward's new book.

From Thursday, June 10

Ruff Will Leave White House
Charles F.C. Ruff, the unflappable lawyer who led President Clinton's successful defense against impeachment charges in the Senate last year, is leaving his post as White House counsel.


From Wednesday, June 9

Court Urged to Open Parts of Tripp Probe
Attorneys for a conservative legal group say the grand jury investigation into whether Linda R. Tripp broke Maryland wiretapping laws by recording phone conversations with Monica S. Lewinsky is politically motivated and portions of it should be opened to the public.


From Sunday, June 6

Investigation of Starr on Hold
The Justice Department will wait until the independent counsel law expires on June 30 to determine whether to continue the investigation.


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