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From Watergate to Weinergate: 40 Years of Infamous 'Gates'

By Lauren Vicary and Kirsten Salyer - 2012-06-14T20:34:33Z

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"Monicagate," sometimes referred to as "Lewinskygate" or "Zippergate," refers to the infamous sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. After confiding to her friend and co-worker, Linda Tripp, that she had indulged in an affair with the president, Lewinsky went on to sign an affidavit denying the relationship. Tripp had recorded conversations with Lewinsky and turned those tapes over to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel investigating the president on a variety of controversies. Clinton initially denied any involvement with the 21-year-old White House intern; during his grand jury testimony, he famously argued that determining whether his statement was true "depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." Clinton was eventually impeached in 1998 in the House of Representatives and then acquitted on all charges in a Senate trial.