At about 1 ., Clinton began his testimony, fed to the grand jury via video camera, from the Map Room in the White House. He began by telling the jurors that he recalled a half dozen or so sexual encounters with Lewinsky, beginning in late 1995 or early 1996, and ending by 1997. Starr's legal team methodically bore in on the details. Clinton balked, citing an invasion of privacy. There were questions about the gifts. Lewinsky had testified that Clinton told her that if she didn't have the gifts, then she would not have to turn them over to Paula Jones's lawyers. Clinton had a different recollection: he testified that he told Lewinsky that if she had the gifts, she would have to turn them over. Reports differ over Clinton's mood during the course of his four-hour testimony, which was interrupted five times for breaks. Some sources say he blew up over the prosecutor's graphic questions. But others insist that he kept his temper.
Written by Cutler and David K. Israel and to be directed and executive produced by Cutler, the political thriller, which is now casting, looks at how one of the nation’s biggest political scandals unfolded – from the revelation that President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, through the political combat that saw Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Prosecutor Ken Starr, Congressman Bob Livingston and many others dominating the national headlines. The series will take viewers inside Republican and Democrat war rooms, revealing the infighting among the President’s advisers, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, Tom DeLay’s strategy to force President Clinton out of office, and the Democrats’ pressure for Clinton to resign.