Saturday, February 13, 1999 Published at 11:30 GMT
Clinton: It's back to work
Back to the Oval Office: Clinton looks for reconciliation with America
Bill Clinton is getting back to work with the threat of impeachment lifted from the rest of his second and final term in office as the 42nd President of the United States.
After the verdict, Mr Clinton said he was "profoundly sorry" for his conduct in the 13-month saga, triggered by his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
He said he hoped all Americans "will rededicate ourselves to the work of serving our nation and building our future together".
He will later pay a brief visit to Mexico where he is expected to discuss the drug trade and immigration with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo during talks on Sunday and Monday.
As the president himself was hoping to get back to work, others involved in the long-running trial also urged a return to normality.
Chief prosecutor Henry Hyde called on independent counsel Kenneth Starr not to indict President Clinton - saying it was time to move beyond the scandal.
"I think we should try to find areas we can agree," said the chief prosecutor, who spearheaded the drive for the president's removal from office.
Even though President Clinton was acquitted in the Senate, Mr Starr could still attempt to bring criminal charges against him, either before or after he leaves the White House in January 2001.
Press reports said that Mr Starr, 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 Lewinsky affair.
Free of official rebuke
In the Senate on Friday, prosecutors failed to win the two-thirds majority needed to convict the president on either of the two charges.
On obstruction of justice, members were split down the middle, voting 50 guilty, 50 not guilty. Five Republicans crossed the aisle to join their Democrat colleagues.
Mr Clinton has now escaped any official rebuke. Immediately following the two votes, senators blocked attempts for a censure motion.
The US public stayed resolutely on the president's side throughout the impeachment proceedings.
Polls taken during the year showed steady disdain for the partisan bickering over Mr Clinton's sexual misdeeds, while his enemies were increasingly marginalised in the dying days of the Senate trial.