Impeachment: American Crime Story explores the White House sex scandal

By Brian Gallagher For Dailymail.com

FX's hit anthology series American Crime Story returns for its third season on Tuesday, exploring the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that rocked the White House and the entire nation in the late 1990s.

Clive Owen stars as the 42nd United States President Bill Clinton, whose affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) lead to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century.

After playing Marcia Clark in the first season - The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson returns to play the much-maligned Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford playing Paula Jones.

Sex scandal: FX's hit anthology series American Crime Story returns for its third season on Tuesday, exploring the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that rocked the White House and the entire nation in the late 1990s

Monica: Clive Owen stars as the 42nd United States President Bill Clinton, whose affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein, above) lead to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century

Linda: After playing Marcia Clark in the first season - The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson returns to play the much-maligned Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford playing Paula Jones

The episode begins in January 1998 in Washington D.C. with Monica Lewinsksy (Beanie Feldstein) looking out her windows as rain pours.

She goes over some of her belongings including a leatherbound edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (which Clinton had given her as a gift).

She picks up an older copy of the Washington Post revealing Clinton had won his second term as President of the United States.

Leaves of Grass: She goes over some of her belongings including a leatherbound edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (which Clinton had given her as a gift)

Older: She picks up an older copy of the Washington Post revealing Clinton had won his second term as President of the United States

She's then seen at a coffee shop, telling the barista it's probably her last time, because she's moving to New York.

She gets a page from Linda Tripp, who tells her she may have a solution to their problem and has her meet for lunch at the Pentagon Food Court.

As Monica heads down an escalator, she is unaware that she is being followed, while it's clear she's being surveilled by the government.

Surveilled: As Monica heads down an escalator, she is unaware that she is being followed, while it's clear she's being surveilled by the government

Monica picks up a magazine and sees Linda Tripp coming down the escalator, waving at her, but something seems off…

Linda arrives with two FBI agents, who tell her that she's in big trouble, as Linda tries to reassure her, saying they did the same thing for her and it's for her own good.

The agents suggest to speak somewhere more quiet, as they get in an elevator as Monica is clearly terrified as they lead her to the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Off: Monica picks up a magazine and sees Linda Tripp coming down the escalator, waving at her, but something seems off

Own good: Linda arrives with two FBI agents, who tell her that she's in big trouble, as Linda tries to reassure her, saying they did the same thing for her and it's for her own good

One agent takes Monica into one room, while Linda goes into another room with the other agent, as she's greeted by Mike Emmick (Colin Hanks).

She sees Linda in the next room, and Mike asks Linda to be removed, but Monica wants her to stay.

'I want that treacherous b***h to see what she did to me,' Monica says.

Greeted: One agent takes Monica into one room, while Linda goes into another room with the other agent, as she's greeted by Mike Emmick (Colin Hanks)

Linda: She sees Linda in the next room, and Mike asks Linda to be removed, but Monica wants her to stay

Treacherouss: 'I want that treacherous b***h to see what she did to me,' Monica says

The story cuts to July 1993, five years earlier, with Linda Tripp waking up and making a NutriSlim shake.

She arrives at work at the White House Counsel's Office, when she tells a woman that they use staples not paperclips.

Bernie Nusssbaum (Kevin Pollak) says the press loves Ruth Bader Ginsburg and tells Linda's boss, Vince Foster (Matthew Floyd Miller) to stop worrying because they hit a home run for the president… but as soon as he leaves, Bernie reads an article about Foster.

Bernie: Bernie Nusssbaum (Kevin Pollak) says the press loves Ruth Bader Ginsburg and tells Linda's boss, Vince Foster (Matthew Floyd Miller) to stop worrying because they hit a home run for the president… but as soon as he leaves, Bernie reads an article about Foster

Linda finds herself in the bathroom with none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton (Edie Falco), as Linda isn't sure how to react as Hillary says hello but goes about her business.

When she leaves, Linda makes a strange face and tells her friend Kathleen Willey (Elizabeth Reaser) that she can't believe she would use the communal bathroom, as if it's a terrible thing to do.

She said Barbara wouldn't be caught dead in the public bathrooms as she goes to her boss' office, Vince Foster.

Linda and Hillary: Linda finds herself in the bathroom with none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton (Edie Falco), as Linda isn't sure how to react as Hillary says hello but goes about her business

Linda and Kathleen: When she leaves, Linda makes a strange face and tells her friend Kathleen Willey (Elizabeth Reaser) that she can't believe she would use the communal bathroom, as if it's a terrible thing to do

Boss: She said Barbara wouldn't be caught dead in the public bathrooms as she goes to her boss' office, Vince Foster

He asks her to get lunch and she brings him some M&M's, telling him she though he could use a treat, as he tells her she's a 'kind person.'

He says he left some M&M's on the tray for her, which she thanks him for, but he's clearly dejected about something.

He's seen driving out to Fort Marcy when he parks the car and pulls a gun out from his glove compartment. He takes off his suit coat and tie before getting out of the car with the gun, pacing back and forth with it before sitting on the hood and, ultimately, pulling the trigger.

Treat: He asks her to get lunch and she brings him some M&M's, telling him she though he could use a treat, as he tells her she's a 'kind person'

Vince: He's seen driving out to Fort Marcy when he parks the car and pulls a gun out from his glove compartment. He takes off his suit coat and tie before getting out of the car with the gun, pacing back and forth with it before sitting on the hood and, ultimately, pulling the trigger

Linda is seen arriving at her home when she turns on the television with an episode of Jeopardy playing.

She is seen heating up a baked potato when it's revealed on the news that her boss Vince Foster killed himself.

She heads into work as agents are guarding the office, with Linda saying she was the last to see him alive.

Last: She heads into work as agents are guarding the office, with Linda saying she was the last to see him alive

The story picks up in January 1994 in Long Beach, California, where Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford) has to deal with her husband Steve (Taran Killam), who is trying to get his acting career off the ground and get out of working at the airport.

'How am I gonna go to work with this f***ing thing hanging around?' he says, furious.

Paula says there is a way to get out of this, adding Deb knows a lawyer who did her divorce.

Paula: The story picks up in January 1994 in Long Beach, California, where Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford) has to deal with her husband Steve (Taran Killam), who is trying to get his acting career off the ground and get out of working at the airport

Work: 'How am I gonna go to work with this f***ing thing hanging around?' he says, furious

Way out: Paula says there is a way to get out of this, adding Deb knows a lawyer who did her divorce

They're seen meeting with the lawyer, Daniel Traylor (Ian Alda), when she tells the story about how she met then-Arkansas Governor Clinton.

She says he asked him to come to her room and he was trying to 'kiss on me' and she sat on the sofa to say she's not interested.

She says he sat right next to her… when she saw it… 'he had taken out his business, right out in the air.'

Lawyer: They're seen meeting with the lawyer, Daniel Traylor (Ian Alda), when she tells the story about how she met then-Arkansas Governor Clinton

Describe: She says he asked him to come to her room and he was trying to 'kiss on me' and she sat on the sofa to say she's not interested

'And then he asked me to kiss it,' as the lawyer perks up, quite shocked to hear what she had to say.

He asked Paula what he wanted from the President, and she said all she wants is an apology... 'And a role on Designing Women for Steve,' because she knew the people who made the show had connections to Clinton.

They ask if he could help them, and he says that he's not bold enough not to sue the President, but he might if something comes out. He asks if they are up for a little attention, and they nod.

Shocked: 'And then he asked me to kiss it,' as the lawyer perks up, quite shocked to hear what she had to say

Apology and a role: He asked Paula what he wanted from the President, and she said all she wants is an apology... 'And a role on Designing Women for Steve,' because she knew the people who made the show had connections to Clinton

Attention: They ask if he could help them, and he says that he's not bold enough not to sue the President, but he might if something comes out. He asks if they are up for a little attention, and they nod

Bernie is freaking out about an independent council as Linda tells Kathleen that the best way to protect herself is to write a book.

Literary agent/author Lucianne Goldberg (Margo Martindale) meets with Linda at a restaurant, making it clear that she only does 'big books.'

Linda says her job in the West Wing is 'very important' but Lucianne says she could make 'six figures if you strike now.'

Big books: Literary agent/author Lucianne Goldberg (Margo Martindale) meets with Linda at a restaurant, making it clear that she only does 'big books'

Job: Linda says her job in the West Wing is 'very important' but Lucianne says she could make 'six figures if you strike now'

Lucianne says that half of Arkansas is there, all of whom have a book they want to sell about Clinton because the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is in town.

Meanwhile, Paula and her husband are making their way CPAC, with her husband saying they have to 'buy all this s**t,' referring to anti-Clinton apparel, including t-shirts suggesting that Hillary Clinton be impeached.

The lawyer introduces Paula to the press, but says she will not describe what happened in the room, which confuses and aggravates the journalists. 

CPAC: Meanwhile, Paula and her husband are making their way CPAC

Buy: Her husband saying they have to 'buy all this s**t,' referring to anti-Clinton apparel, including t-shirts suggesting that Hillary Clinton be impeached

Press: The lawyer introduces Paula to the press, but says she will not describe what happened in the room, which confuses and aggravates the journalists

'Bill Clinton presented himself to me in a very unprofessional manner. I would call it sexual harassment,' Paula says, but she won't get into specifics.

'It is wrong that a woman can't work in the workplace, be harassed by a figure that high,' she says.

One reporter asked why she went up to the hotel in the first place, asking if she expected, 'a meeting on state affairs,' which causes the press corps to laugh.

Harassed: 'It is wrong that a woman can't work in the workplace, be harassed by a figure that high,' she says

Laugh: One reporter asked why she went up to the hotel in the first place, asking if she expected, 'a meeting on state affairs,' which causes the press corps to laugh

One reporter asks flat out if Clinton asked her to perform fellatio… as she whispers to the lawyer, 'What is fellatio?'

The reporters all keep laughing at her as the lawyer ends the press conference and rushes the couple out of the room.

Linda meets with her friend Kathleen, saying she did what she said she should do and ask the President for a job… and when she did, he kissed her.

Fellatio: One reporter asks flat out if Clinton asked her to perform fellatio… as she whispers to the lawyer, 'What is fellatio?'

Kissed: Linda meets with her friend Kathleen, saying she did what she said she should do and ask the President for a job… and when she did, he kissed her

Bernie walks by and says he needs to talk to her, revealing in his office that he's resigning and he doesn't know what will happen to her.

Ann Coulter (Cobie Smulders) is watching the footage of Paula Jones' press conference, as she and some colleagues say they need him to get under oath, or else he'll lie. They said they should get her some better lawyers.

Paula and Steve meet with some new lawyers, who say that in order to get the apology she wants, she might have to sue, adding the statute of limitations for sexual harassment ends this week.

Better lawyers: Ann Coulter (Cobie Smulders) is watching the footage of Paula Jones' press conference, as she and some colleagues say they need him to get under oath, or else he'll lie. They said they should get her some better lawyers

New lawyers: Paula and Steve meet with some new lawyers, who say that in order to get the apology she wants, she might have to sue, adding the statute of limitations for sexual harassment ends this week

When they asks if there's anything else they need to know, she says she can draw the President's…. Penis, and they slide her a pen and paper.

When she slides the paper back, they look at her oddly, and she says, 'It takes a dramatic turn.'

Linda tells Kathleen about making a deal with the incoming council and they'll have them hire them both in a 'package deal.'

Draw: When they asks if there's anything else they need to know, she says she can draw the President's…. Penis, and they slide her a pen and paper

Package: Linda tells Kathleen about making a deal with the incoming council and they'll have them hire them both in a 'package deal.'

Linda does most of the talking during the interview but it doesn't seem to go well and they leave abruptly.

Paula's lawyers say her drawing the President's genitals gave his lawyer's 'pause,' as they ask if there's anything in her past that she doesn't want coming out, and she says there's not.

Steve says he loves her, and she tells the lawyers, 'I can't let him get away with it.'

Can't: Steve says he loves her, and she tells the lawyers, 'I can't let him get away with it'

Paula's lawssuit is announced in Arkansas, when the local press mention they're two connected lawyers in D.C., asking how they got to Arkansas, as Traylor says, 'We took a plane.'

Linda comes storming into Leslie's office asks what this is, holding up a piece of paper.

Leslie says she is being promoted to the Pentagon, but Linda doesn't agree that it's a promotion

'We tried to keep you. We went out of our way. We asked all around. No one wants you here,' Leslie says, before driving away.

Paper: Linda comes storming into Leslie's office asks what this is, holding up a piece of paper

Kathleen walks in and asks if they can talk, when Linda goes off and accuses Kathleen of stealing her job.

'I thought we were women supporting each other,' Linda says, but Kathleen says it wasn't her idea.

'You got my job because the President wants you around,' Linda says, making a comment that she knows more about the President than he thinks.

Stealing: Kathleen walks in and asks if they can talk, when Linda goes off and accuses Kathleen of stealing her job

Not her idea: 'I thought we were women supporting each other,' Linda says, but Kathleen says it wasn't her idea

Her job: 'You got my job because the President wants you around,' Linda says, making a comment that she knows more about the President than he thinks

'The President has no idea who you are,' Kathleen fires back, before Linda walks back and points in her face, saying, 'I will get you for this.'

Linda arrives at her new office and is shown to her tiny cubicle, which she clearly finds unacceptable.

She tells her new boss that she is coming from a high-level job in the White House and she knows too much about Whitewater and she'll certainly be called to testify and she needs a private office.

No idea: 'The President has no idea who you are,' Kathleen fires back

Get you: Linda walks back and points in her face, saying, 'I will get you for this'

Linda is making a call when she realizes her new cubicle-mate is listening to her phone call. When she hangs up the phone, she turns to her cube neighbor and says, 'Please don't listen to my phone calls. It's terribly inappropriate.'

Monica Lewinsky arrives for her first day at work in the Department of Defense, as LInda arrives back from lunch, complaining about a smell when her cube mate complains about her chewing.

'This is how I chew,' Linda fires back, before getting up and marching over to her new boss, who says, 'What now, Linda?'

Inappropriate: Linda is making a call when she realizes her new cubicle-mate is listening to her phone call. When she hangs up the phone, she turns to her cube neighbor and says, 'Please don't listen to my phone calls. It's terribly inappropriate'

Monica arrives: Monica Lewinsky arrives for her first day at work in the Department of Defense, as LInda arrives back from lunch, complaining about a smell when her cube mate complains about her chewing

What now: 'This is how I chew,' Linda fires back, before getting up and marching over to her new boss, who says, 'What now, Linda?'

'There are fumes, it's very distracting,' she says, as he moves her to a private office, but only until someone else gets back on Tuesday.

Linda calls Lucianne, telling her she is ready to write her book, but Lucianne says she missed her window, saying everyone has a book out now.

Dejected, she goes outside to smoke a cigarette in a Pentagon alley.

Back at work, she is yelling at someone when she meets Monica for the first time, as she realizes the same thing happened to Monica that happened to Kathleen.

Monica: Back at work, she is yelling at someone when she meets Monica for the first time, as she realizes the same thing happened to Monica that happened to Kathleen

They have lunch together and form their bond quickly, with Linda commenting on how much of a 'knockout' she is while they reveal the derogatory high school names that were given to them - Monica's being Big Mac and Linda's being Gus.

Linda walks Monica back to her cube, pointing out everyone who works there, slowly realizing that Monica is with someone important.

Knockout: They have lunch together and form their bond quickly, with Linda commenting on how much of a 'knockout' she is

Nicknames: They reveal the derogatory high school names that were given to them - Monica's being Big Mac and Linda's being Gus

That night, they both dine alone in their respective homes with TV dinners, as Linda picks up the phone…

The phone rings at Monica's home, causing her to spring up, excited…. As it cuts back to Linda, who is calling Lucianne… and back at Monica's place, she picks up the phone and Bill Clinton is on the other end.

'How was your first day?' Clinton says with a smile, as the premiere episode comes to an end.

Picks up: back at Monica's place, she picks up the phone and Bill Clinton is on the other end

First day: 'How was your first day?' Clinton says with a smile, as the premiere episode comes to an end

The series will be based on Jeffrey Toobin's book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.

The first season was based on another Toobin book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, with the second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace based on Maureen Orth's Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.

The all-star cast also includes Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, Anthony Green as Al Gore, Billy Eichner as Mike Drudge, Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter, Kathleen Turner as Susan Webber Wright, Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg and Mira Sorvina as Marcia Lewis.

Hillary: The all-star cast also includes Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, Anthony Green as Al Gore, Billy Eichner as Mike Drudge, Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter, Kathleen Turner as Susan Webber Wright, Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg and Mira Sorvina as Marcia Lewis

Sarah Burgess created the series, who is also Executive Producer alongside Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sarah Paulson. 

Monica Lewinsky will serve as a producer alongside Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan. 

The real-life scandal first unfolded in January 1998 on The Drudge Report website, which was later picked up by mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post.

Monica produces: Monica Lewinsky (right, with Barbara Walters) will serve as a producer alongside Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan

Scandal: The real-life scandal first unfolded in January 1998 on The Drudge Report website, which was later picked up by mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post

While Clinton, who was in his second term as President at the time, denied the allegations at first, more and more evidence came to light.

Such evidence included a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky had been encouraged to save without cleaning, by her one-time friend Linda Tripp. 

While Clinton continued to deny the affair, he ultimately came clean in August 1998, which lead to his impeachment.

Clinton was ultimately acquitted on both impeachment charges, and he ultimately served out the remainder of his term. 

Denied: While Clinton, who was in his second term as President at the time, denied the allegations at first, more and more evidence came to light

Real Linda: Such evidence included a semen-stained blue dress that Lewinsky had been encouraged to save without cleaning, by her one-time friend Linda Tripp

Impeached: While Clinton continued to deny the affair, he ultimately came clean in August 1998, which lead to his impeachment

Term: Clinton was ultimately acquitted on both impeachment charges, and he ultimately served out the remainder of his term