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¤ 1979-1992 ¤ 1993-1995 ¤ 1996 ¤ 1997 ¤

1993 -- Webb Hubbell removes several cardboard file boxes, including those relating to Whitewater, from the Rose firm and stores them in his Washington basement.

Jan. 1993 -- Clinton is inaugurated.


July 20, 1993 -- Foster kills himself.

October 1993 -- RTC investigator Jean Lewis makes nine criminal referrals stemming from her investigation of Madison Guaranty, including one that names Clinton's 1985 gubernatorial campaign.

Dec. 23, 1993 -- Clinton says he and Mrs. Clinton will release all records pertaining to Whitewater.

Jan. 12, 1994 -- Facing mounting pressure, Clinton requests a special prosecutor be appointed.


Jan. 20, 1994 -- Robert B. Fiske Jr., a New York attorney, is appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno as independent Whitewater counsel.

Feb. 24, 1994 -- Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, who oversees the RTC, acknowledges to the Senate Banking Committee he gave White House officials a "heads-up" on the RTC Madison criminal referrals.

Feb. 25, 1994 -- Clinton aides George Stephanopoulos and Harold Ickes have a conference call with Altman to discuss RTC's choice of Republican lawyer Jay Stephens to head the Madison investigation.

Feb. 25, 1994 -- Altman recuses himself from the RTC investigation of Madison.

March 4, 1994 -- Six of Clinton's senior White House aides are subpoenaed by the FBI to testify. Fiske later subpoenas 12 more officials.

March 22, 1994 -- David Hale, former municipal judge and owner of Capital Management Services, pleads guilty to two felony counts for defrauding the Small Business Administration. Hale implicates the president, saying Clinton pressured him to make a $300,000 loan in 1986.

March 24, 1994 -- The House Banking Committee's top Republican, Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa), gives a floor speech accusing the RTC of stonewalling on public documents, and says he has evidence of a coverup.

March 24, 1994 -- Clinton goes on national TV to defend Whitewater business dealings.

April 22, 1994 -- Mrs. Clinton holds press conference to address Whitewater concerns.

June 12, 1994 -- Fiske questions both Clintons under oath.

June 30, 1994 -- In a preliminary finding, Fiske rules Vincent Foster's death a suicide, and that White House-Treasury contacts had not broken any laws.

July 26, 1994 -- The House Banking Committee begins hearings on Whitewater.


July 29, 1994 -- The Senate Banking Committee begins Whitewater hearings.

Aug. 5, 1994 -- Former Bush Administration Solicitor General Kenneth Starr appointed as replacement for Fiske.

Aug. 29, 1994 -- Roger Altman resigns as deputy Treasury chief, after Senate hearings into White House-Treasury contacts reveal inconsistencies in his testimony.

July 18, 1995 -- Thirteen days of Senate Whitewater Hearings, chaired by Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) begin, looking into whether documents were removed from Vincent Foster's office the night he died.

August 7, 1995 -- House Banking Committee hearings, chaired by Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) begin, looking into whether White House officials improperly tried to influence the RTC investigation of Madison Guaranty and Whitewater. RTC investigator Jean Lewis testifies her superiors made "a concerted effort to obstruct, hamper, and manipulate the results of our investigation."

Aug. 17, 1995 -- Jim and Susan McDougal and Guy Tucker indicted by a grand jury for fraud and conspiracy.

Sept. 29, 1995 -- RTC investigator Jean Lewis resigns.

Dec. 21, 1995 -- The White House turns over disputed Whitewater notes to avoid a federal court challenge pushed by Sen. Alfonse D'Amato's Senate Whitewater committee.

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