During this time, Lewinsky flirted with the president and the two had their first sexual encounter on the night of November 15 in the White House. Later that month, she took a paying job in the Office of Legislative Affairs. The president and Lewinsky had two more trysts, the last in spring , and afterward remained in touch by phone.
Linda Tripp and Paula Jones At the Pentagon, Lewinsky became friends with a coworker, Linda Tripp, in whom she confided details of her affair with the president. Tripp in turn shared the story with a literary agent she knew, Lucianne Goldberg, an anti-Clinton conservative. Soon afterward, FBI agents fitted Tripp with a hidden microphone so she could tape her conversations with Lewinsky. The Media Frenzy and Grand Jury Testimony On January 17, , the Drudge Report, a conservative online news aggregator founded in , published an item accusing the president of having a sexual relationship with a former White House intern.
The mainstream media picked up the story a few days later, and a national scandal erupted. At the suggestion of Tripp, Lewinsky had never laundered the garment. The Starr Report, as it became known, was soon made public by Congress and published in book form, becoming a best-seller. That October, the U. House of Representatives voted to proceed with impeachment hearings against Clinton.
In December, the House approved two articles of impeachment against him: He was only the second president in U. On February 12, , following a five-week trial in the Senate, Clinton was acquitted. Aftermath of the Scandal Clinton went on to finish his second term in the White House and left office with strong public approval ratings, despite the scandal. Lewinsky became a household name after the affair was revealed, and endured intense public scrutiny.
In , she sat for a TV interview with Barbara Walters that was watched by about 70 million Americans. Following stints as a handbag designer and spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program, among other pursuits, she attended graduate school in London then avoided the spotlight for years. In , Lewinsky, who maintains that her relationship with Clinton was consensual, became an anti-bullying advocate. Sources Where Are They Now: Clinton on Lewinsky scandal: The New York Times.