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Timeline: 100 Days of Sanford


June 24 - Sanford, returning from Argentina, is surprised at the Atlanta airport by a State newspaper reporter. Later that day, at a rambling press conference, Sanford admits to taking a secret five-day trip to Argentina, lying to his staff about his whereabouts and carrying on an extramarital affair.

June 25 - E-mails obtained by The State and public documents show Sanford met his lover in Argentina in 2008. Sanford was in South America on a state trade mission to Brazil that he requested be diverted to Buenos Aires. Sanford later repays $3,300 in travel costs.

June 26 - Sanford apologizes to his Cabinet at a meeting.

June 30 - Sanford admits "crossing lines" with other women and calls his Argentinean lover his "soul mate" in an Associated Press interview. Later, a majority of Senate Republicans, who control that body, ask for the two-term GOP governor to resign.

July 2 - A State Law Enforcement Division inquiry clears Sanford of misusing state money. Jenny Sanford says she is willing to forgive her husband.

July 6 - Leaders of the S.C. Republican Party vote to censure Sanford.

July 15 - Sanford cancels his schedule for a six-day trip with his wife.

July 16 - State Sen. David Thomas, R-Greenville, says he will investigate Sanford's use of state money.

July 17 - The Associated Press and reports Sanford routinely used business class airfare, contrary to state travel regulations.

July 21 - Sanford says he is leaving on a two-week family vacation to Europe.

Aug. 7 - First lady Jenny Sanford and the couple's four children move out of the Governor's Mansion, days after returning from the European trip.

Aug. 9 - The Associated Press reports Sanford may have used state planes for personal or political trips, a violation of state law.


Aug. 11 - Sanford speaks to the Batesburg-Leesville Rotary Club, the first of at least 16 addresses to civic groups across the state. He apologizes. Sanford also begins phoning every member of the General Assembly and others in the S.C. political community to ask forgiveness. Sanford says he will not resign.

Aug. 13 - Attorney General Henry McMaster asks the State Ethics Commission to review Sanford's use of state planes, business-class tickets and campaign money.

Aug. 17 - Jenny Sanford's Vogue interview and photo are published. The first lady calls her husband's admissions "punches to the gut" and compares his behavior - during his affair - to someone under the influence or addicted.


Aug. 26 - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer says he will not run for governor if Sanford resigns. Sanford refuses, saying he will not be railroaded from office.

Aug. 27 - Sanford holds a press conference in front of the Upstate office of a chief critic, Sen. Thomas, challenging Thomas' conclusions that Sanford broke the law. The Greenville News reports past governors used state planes more often than Sanford.

Aug. 28 - Sanford agrees to waive confidentiality in the Ethics Commission investigation. He criticizes the media and angrily refuses to answer a reporter's question, saying, "I don't work for you."

Aug. 29 - House Republicans nearly unanimously condemn Sanford but stop short of asking for his resignation.

Sept. 2 - Sanford's office releases a 22-year-old memo it says allows business class travel.

Sept. 8 - House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, asks Sanford to resign. Most House Republicans join him a day later, followed - later that week - by a majority of S.C. Republican Party leaders. Sanford refuses to resign.

Sept. 30 - Sanford asks the S.C. Supreme Court to prevent the Ethics Commission from releasing its preliminary report - akin to an indictment - to lawmakers. Sanford previously said releasing the report might turn impeachment proceedings into a "kangaroo court."

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