She also turned over a semen-stained blue dress (that Linda Tripp had encouraged her to save without dry cleaning) to the Starr investigators, thereby providing unambiguous DNA evidence that could prove the relationship despite Clinton's official denials.
Clinton admitted in taped grand jury testimony on August 17, 1998, that he had engaged in an "improper physical relationship" with Lewinsky.
Afterwards, based on the definition created by the Independent Counsel's Office, Clinton answered, "I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky." Clinton later stated, "I thought the definition included any activity by [me], where [I] was the actor and came in contact with those parts of the bodies" which had been explicitly listed (and "with an intent to gratify or arouse the sexual desire of any person").
The House of Representatives voted to issue Articles of Impeachment against him which was followed by a 21-day trial in the Senate.
Tripp reported their conversations to literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, who advised her to secretly record them, In the Paula Jones case, Lewinsky had submitted an affidavit that denied any physical relationship with Clinton.
In January 1998, she attempted to persuade Tripp to commit perjury in the Jones case.
Two months after the Senate failed to convict him, President Clinton was held in civil contempt of court by Judge Susan Webber Wright for giving misleading testimony regarding his sexual relationship with Lewinsky, and was also fined ,000 by Wright.
In December 1998, Clinton's Democratic political party was in the minority in both chambers of Congress.