12 Months of Monica Lewinsky

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Although she first came to the White House in 1995, events of this year have had the most impact on the presidency -- and have led the U.S. to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

Dec. 28, 1997: Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky have their last meeting. He gives Lewinsky several gifts, including a stuffed animal from the Black Dog store in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., a pair of joke sunglasses, a Rockettes blanket and a box of chocolates. Then they share a "passionate" kiss.

Jan. 4, 1998: Lewinsky goes to the home of Clinton secretary Betty Currie to deliver final gifts for Clinton. Included are a book titled The Presidents of the United States and a love note inspired by the movie Titanic.

Jan. 5: Lewinsky turns down an offer to work at the United Nations. Clinton returns her phone call about her alarm concerning questions in the Paula Jones sexual-harassment lawsuit. They discuss "an embarrassing mushy note" that Lewinsky sent to Clinton and he tells her not to write or make references to their intimate relationship. This is the last conversation the two have.

Jan. 6: Lewinsky and Clinton friend Vernon Jordan discuss her affidavit for the Jones lawsuit and Jordan contacts Clinton 30 minutes later.

Jan. 7: Lewinsky denies ever having a sexual relationship with Clinton in an affidavit filed in the Jones case.

Jan. 8: Lewinsky has a job interview in New York with Revlon parent company MacAndrews & Forbes, a meeting which does not go well. Chairman Ronald Perelman receives a call from Jordan, who also makes three separate calls to the White House.

Jan. 9: Linda Tripp delivers the tape-recorded conversations between her and Lewinsky to Tripp's attorney, Jim Moody. Lewinsky has a second interview with MacAndrews & Forbes, but informally accepts a job offer from Revlon. Jordan tells Clinton and he responds, "Thank you."

Jan. 12: Tripp contacts Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr and informs him of the tapes she has made of telephone conversations with Lewinsky.

Jan. 13: Wired by the FBI, Tripp meets with Lewinsky at the Ritz-Carlton hotel bar in Arlington, Va. Clinton speaks with Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles to request a reference for Lewinsky, and Currie then calls Lewinsky to tell her, "It has been taken care of."

Jan. 14: Lewinsky delivers to Tripp the so-called "talking points" that appear to coach Tripp about how to respond to questions concerning former White House staffer Kathleen Willey, who had made allegations that Clinton groped her in 1993.

Jan. 15: Attorney General Janet Reno hears Staff's request for an expansion of his probe and decides to forward it to the three-judge panel overseeing Starr's investigation. Reno submits the request to a panel of three federal judges.

Jan. 16: The three-judge panel, meeting in Washington, names Starr's office to investigate the Lewinsky matter. William H. Ginsburg takes over as Lewinsky's attorney.

Jan. 17: Ginsburg flies to Washington from California to represent Lewinsky. Clinton is deposed in the Jones lawsuit and denies an inappropriate sexual relationship with Lewinsky. Newsweek magazine opts not to run with reporter Michael Isikoff's story on the Lewinsky tapes.

Jan. 18: Clinton meets with Currie to discuss his deposition and suggest what her recollection of events might be.

Jan. 19: The Drudge Report has a story about Newsweek killing Isikoff's report on the "alleged" affair between Clinton and Lewinsky.

Jan. 21: As newspapers begin to write about the alleged affair, Clinton denies the reports.

Jan. 22: Start issues several subpoenas for White House records and officials.

Jan. 23: Clinton assures his Cabinet of his innocence. Cabinet officers meet with reporters and repeat the denials. At Starr's request, Judge Susan Webber Wright "indefinitely" shelves Lewinsky's deposition in the Jones case. …