The Lewinsky scandal was an affair, made public, involving then President Bill Clinton and a 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky between 1995 and 1996.
Lewinsky was hired during Clinton’s first term in 1995 as an intern at the White House. Clinton’s personal relationship with Lewinsky began during this time. Lewinsky discussed the affair with Linda Tripp, her Defense Department co-worker who secretly recorded telephone conversations between the President and Lewinsky.
In April 1996, Lewinsky’s superiors relocated her job to the Pentagon, because they were concerned that she was spending too much time around President Clinton. This came after Lewinsky had been moved to the East Executive Building as a Social Office intern under Hillary Clinton.
In January 1998, Tripp found out that Lewinsky had sworn an Affidavit in the Paula Jones case, a separate sex scandal involving Bill Clinton, denying any improper relationship with the President. Tripp gave the phone conversations she recorded to the Independent Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who was investigating Clinton on the Whitewater Scandal and the FBI files controversy because Lewinsky attempted to persuade Tripp to commit perjury in the Paula Jones case.
After Clinton stated that he ‘did not have sexual relations with that woman,’ further investigation lead to perjury charges and to his impeachment in 1998. Clinton was eventually acquitted on all impeachment charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a 21-day Senate trial.