Friday, February 12, 1999 Published at 17:32 GMT
Clinton in the clear
Bill Clinton has been cleared of all charges in his impeachment trial, leaving him free to carry on as the American president.
The deciding vote that put the president in the clear on the second article was cast by Sen Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat. Members voted in alphabetical order.
Mr Clinton has now escaped any official rebuke. Immediately following the two votes, senators blocked attempts for a censure motion.
Reaction was fast and furious and self-congratulatory on both sides.
"Thank god this is over," he said.
"We've all been witnesses to the genius of our constitution ... I have no regrets we fulfilled our oath of office."
The vote came after three-and-a-half days of closed debate on the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice laid against the president by House prosecutors.
It was the climax of the first Senate impeachment trial of a president for more than 130 years. The Clinton camp hopes it also brings a halt to the Lewinsky saga, which first hit the front pages 13 months ago.
For weeks, the president's fate has appeared safe in the hands of senators - a two-thirds majority would have been needed to remove him from the White House.
Press reports say that Mr Starr, who was originally drafted in to investigate the president's financial dealings, allegedly misled Attorney General Janet Reno when he applied for permission to switch to investigating the Clinton-Lewinsky affair.