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Name: Monica Samille Lewinsky                                                             
Born: 23 July 1973 San Francisco, California                                             
Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom then         
United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an "inappropriate             
relationship" while Lewinsky worked as an unpaid intern (entry level staff               
employee) at the White House in 1995 and 1996, at the age of 22. The tawdry               
nature of the ordeal and its resulting repercussions in the impeachment of Bill           
Clinton and the surrounding scandals of 1997-99 became known as the Lewinsky             
scandal. The scandal overwhelmed media coverage of more serious public policy             
matters and raised serious questions about Clinton's judgement and character             
among the public.                                                                         
Lewinsky was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in Southern                   
California on the west side of Los Angeles and in Beverly Hills. She is of               
Russian Jewish descent. Her father is Dr. Bernard Lewinsky, an oncologist; her           
mother, Marcia Lewis, is an author. Her parents are divorced. For her primary             
education she attended the John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air. She later                   
attended Beverly Hills High School, but then left and graduated from Pacific             
Hills School, formerly known as Bel Air Prep, as salutatorian.                           
She initially attended Santa Monica College but transferred and graduated with a         
psychology degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1995.                 
Lewinsky moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked at the White House as an             
intern starting in July 1995, getting a paid job there in November 1995.                 
Between November 15, 1995 - April 7, 1996, Lewinsky had an intimate relationship         
with President Bill Clinton. She later testified that the relationship involved           
oral sex in the Oval Office and other sexual contact but that sexual intercourse         
did not occur.                                                                           
Clinton had previously been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, most             
notably in regard to an alleged long-term relationship with singer and former             
Arkansas state employee Gennifer Flowers, and an encounter with Arkansas state           
employee Paula Jones (nee Corbin) in a Little Rock hotel room in which Jones             
claimed that Clinton exposed himself to her. These events were alleged to have           
occurred during Clinton's time as Governor of Arkansas. Lewinsky's name surfaced         
during legal proceedings connected to the latter matter, when Jones's lawyers             
sought corroborating evidence of Clinton's conduct to substantiate Jones's               
In April 1996, Lewinsky's superiors relocated her job to the Pentagon because             
they felt she was spending too much time around Clinton. Monica confided in a co-worker   
named Linda Tripp about her relationship with the President. Beginning in                 
September 1997, Tripp began secretly recording their telephone conversations             
regarding the affair with Clinton. In January 1998, after Lewinsky had submitted         
an affidavit in the Paula Jones case denying any physical relationship with               
Clinton, and attempted to persuade Tripp to lie under oath in the Jones case,             
Tripp gave the tapes to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, and these tapes added         
to his ongoing investigation into the Whitewater controversy. Starr broadened             
his investigation to include investigating Lewinsky, Clinton, and others for             
possible perjury and subornation of perjury in the Jones case. Noteworthy for             
its revelation of Tripp's motivations was her reporting of their conversations           
to literary agent Lucianne Goldberg. Tripp also convinced Lewinsky to save the           
gifts that Clinton had given her during their affair, and not to dry clean what           
would later be infamously known as "the blue dress."                                     
While under oath, Clinton denied having had "a sexual affair," "sexual relations,"       
or "a sexual relationship" with Lewinsky, and on 26 January 1998 claimed "I               
did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" in a nationally             
televised White House news conference. The line later became famous for its               
technical truthfulness but deceptive nature, based on one's definition of "sexual         
Clinton also said, "there is not a sexual relationship, an improper sexual               
relationship or any other kind of improper relationship" which he defended as             
truthful on 17 August 1998 hearing because of the use of the present tense,               
famously arguing "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" (i.e.,             
he was not, at the time he made that statement, still having a sexual                     
relationship with Lewinsky). Under pressure from Starr, who as Clinton learned           
had obtained from Lewinsky a blue dress with Clinton's semen stain, as well as           
testimony from Lewinsky that the President had inserted a cigar-tube into her             
vagina, Clinton admitted that he lied to the American people and that he had had         
"inappropriate intimate contact" with Lewinsky. Clinton denied having committed           
perjury because, according to Clinton, the legal definition of oral sex was               
mutually exclusive of "sex" per se. Clinton's insistence on the alleged                   
distinction drew criticism from both political parties.                                   
In addition, relying upon the definition of "sexual relations" as proposed by             
the prosecution and agreed by the defense and by Judge Susan Webber Wright, who           
was hearing the Paula Jones case, Clinton claimed that because certain acts were         
performed on him, not by him, he did not engage in sexual relations. Lewinsky's           
testimony to the Starr Commission, however, contradicted Clinton's claim of               
being totally passive in their encounters. Clinton's lawyer later argued that             
different people can remember the same events in different ways.                         
President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives and, after a 21-day       
trial, acquitted by the Senate on all charges brought there: allegations of               
perjury and obstruction of justice regarding the affair and lying under oath in           
a civil lawsuit. The Senate vote fell short of the 2/3 majority required for             
conviction and removal from office under the Constitution. Polls of the American         
electorate taken at this time showed that up to 70% were against pursuing the             
allegations. (N Y Times December 21, 1998).                                               
Paula Jones' civil lawsuit against President Clinton, the matter in which                 
President Clinton originally provided testimony that gave rise to his                     
impeachment, was ultimately dismissed. To end the appeal that followed, Paula             
Jones was paid $850,000 in an out of court settlement.                                   
President Clinton was held in contempt of court for lying under oath during a             
deposition. President Clinton was suspended from the practice of law by the               
State of Arkansas for five years.                                                         
In the scandal's immediate aftermath Congress chose not to extend the                     
legislation that empowered the driving force behind the investigation of the             
Lewinsky matter, the office of Independent Counsel.