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February 1998 News Archive

This is an archive of Washington Post news and feature stories from February 1998 about the accusations against President Clinton. Links to coverage from other months are on the News Archive page.

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From Saturday, February 28

Jones's Fund Hasn't Paid Lawyers
Paula Jones hired a firm to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, but her current lawyers haven't received any of the money.

Starr Subpoenas Investigators From Tabloid
In the latest effort to track down sources of damaging information about his staff, independent prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr has subpoenaed two investigators hired by the National Enquirer in 1996 to check out rumors that Starr was having an extramarital affair.

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    Essay: Culottes, the Fashion Disaster
    Fashion critics have found plenty of fodder in the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton/Paula Jones scandal. Now that culottes have been thrown into the mix, the dialogue has hit bottom.


From Friday, February 27

Aide Testifies About Contacts With Reporters
Sidney Blumenthal testified that he discussed prosecutors working for independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr with reporters but denied a White House plot to spread damaging information about Starr's team, sources said.

Experts Question Starr on 1st Amendment
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has invoked the First Amendment in his probe of President Clinton. But some legal experst say Starr's latest maneuvers have little if anything to do with free speech.

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    A Power Couple's Rising Star
    Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing are high-powered lawyers, media stars, and husband and wife. Since the Monica S. Lewinsky controversy broke, their profiles have been rising.

    Essay: Whines of Recent Vintage
    As the latest Clinton scandal shows, the language of crisis has been transformed into little more than an adenoidal burst of gassy self-pity, Stephen Hunter writes. One could blame the baby boomers, but it might hurt their feelings.

From Thursday, February 26

Starr Decries 'Misinformation' About Team
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr lashed out at "an avalanche of lies" spread about his staff. But prosecutors returned the grand jury to the central focus of the investigation into Monica S. Lewinsky and her ties to President Clinton.

Jones Lawyers Say Clinton Offered to Settle
Paula Jones's attorneys said President Clinton's legal team offered three weeks ago to settle the Jones sexual harassment lawsuit for $700,000. The Clinton camp denied any offer was made.

Legal Battle Threatens to Drag On
The latest legal maneuvers by President Clinton and Kenneth Starr make prospects of quickly wrapping up the probe look bleaker than ever.

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    Satire: Making Sense of It All
    As a service to readers, Joel Achenbach sorts out the Monica S. Lewinsky scandal, and its many ancillary sub-scandals.


From Wednesday, February 25

Clinton Probe Moves on Two Fronts
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's team looked into Monica S. Lewinsky's job history and battled the White House on allegations that it dug up dirt on investigators.

Experts: Starr, Clinton Teams Losing Focus
The legal battle between President Clinton and the independent counsel moved to a nastier level as Kenneth Starr charged the White House with going out of bounds to spread damaging information about his staff. The Clinton camp says Starr is the one who's gone overboard.

Blumenthal Subpoena Jolts Media
The subpoena of Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal sent tremors through the journalism community, spurring questions about First Amendment rights and the relationship between reporters and their confidential sources.

From Tuesday, February 24

Starr Seeks Source of Staff-Bashing
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has subpoenaed Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal to turn over information on efforts to spread damaging information about Starr's staff.

Voters Can Accept Adultery, But Not Lies
Polls say voters support President Clinton despite allegations about an affair with Monica S. Lewinsky. But interviews indicate that support could erode quickly if it is proven Clinton lied about the matter.

From Monday, February 23

Clinton Team Picks Apart Jones's Life
Piece by piece, President Clinton's top-dollar legal team has taken apart the life of Paula Jones, examining topics from her job history to her possible sex partners.

White House Denies Private Eye Affiliation
The White House said Sunday it has not authorized private investigators to "dig up dirt" on prosecutors, investigators or reporters looking into the Monica S. Lewinsky case, disputing allegations raised on national television by a prominent Republican lawyer.


From Sunday, February 22

Clinton Struggles to Make Bombing Case
President Clinton's still undefined relationship with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky is complicating his role as commander-in-chief.

Ginsburg Calls for Lewinsky Defense Fund
Monica S. Lewinsky's lawyer said he wants a legal defense fund set up for his client because she has been overwhelmed by expenses.

Clinton's Problems Test Advisers' Loyalty
President Clinton's problems continued last week to place extraordinary burdens on those around him.

Privacy Takes a Beating
A legal system that protects the right to privacy in some arenas is in others the engine for requiring people to answer questions about intimate relationships.

    From The Magazine:

    Henry and Linda
    In a case that echoes the ongoing investigation of President Clinton, former Cabinet secretary Henry Cisneros faces a federal trial for lying about payments he made to a former girlfriend. By Tamara Jones.

    Actually, Adultery Is a Crime
    Adultery in America is an unfinished history of morals and misdemeanors, writes Liza Mundy.

    Crisis as Ritual
    Sally Quinn writes that when the alarm sounds, Washington's establishment knows just where to stand.

    Of Hypocrisy and Lust
    Judy Bachrach writes that we are shocked by politicians' lies, but we sack them for the truth.

    Wired Eyes
    Richard Cohen writes about how tapes and technology freeze our times – and sometimes the blood itself.

    From Outlook:

    The Clinton investigation has provoked debate about the office of independent counsel. Alexia Morrison, independent counsel in the mid-1980s probes of Justice Department officials, and Gerard Lynch, associate independent counsel in the Iran-contra affair, take different views:
    _ Morrison: The Law Has Independence and Accountability
    _ Lynch: The Problem Isn't in the Starrs But in a Misguided Law

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    Courting Monica
    Satirist Tony Kornheiser lets his imagination run wild.

From Saturday, February 21

Jones Added New Details in Deposition
In a sealed deposition last fall, Paula Jones added new details to her account of being propositioned by then-Gov. Bill Clinton in 1991, including an assertion that he briefly prevented her from leaving the hotel suite where they met, according to new court records. Excerpts.

Justice: Privilege Covers Secret Service
The Justice Department has concluded that Secret Service agents should be shielded from testifying about everything they saw or heard while protecting President Clinton, department officials said.


From Friday, February 20

Judge Hears Dispute on Presidential Secrecy
A federal judge sent President Clinton's most trusted aide back before a grand jury to testify in the Monica S. Lewinsky investigation as the president and prosecutors escalated their struggle over the limits of White House secrecy.

Privilege Claims Tough to Win
The White House faces a difficult struggle in its attempts to use executive privilege as an argument to block testimony from top presidential aides, legal experts said.

Jordan's Help to Lewinsky Was Unusual
Clinton confidant Vernon E. Jordan Jr. has helped many people boost their careers, but he appears to have helped Monica Lewinsky in a manner and to a degree that he has helped few, if any, others.

ABA Chief Criticizes 'Prosecutorial Zeal'
The president of the American Bar Association decried "the prosecutorial zeal" reflected in Kenneth W. Starr's probe of an alleged affair between President Clinton and a former White House intern.

Poll: Americans Back Clinton on Iraq, Nonchalant About Alleged Affair
A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed strong support for bombing Iraq. While most respondents were skeptical about President Clinton's denials of an affair with Monica Lewinsky, they said they would be concerned about it only if he lied under oath. Full Poll Results

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    Adultery: Whose Business Is It?
    Can an unfaithful spouse be a faithful leader? When public officials get entangled in adultery, Washington isn't sure how to react.

    Charity Begins at the White House
    Like any good CEO, President Clinton gives his employees gifts. But many business etiquette experts question the appropriateness of the presents he reportedly gave to Monica Lewinsky.

From Thursday, February 19

Source: Clinton Confidant Helped Lewinsky in December
President Clinton's secretary asked Vernon E. Jordan Jr. to help Monica S. Lewinsky find a job three days after Paula Jones's lawyers disclosed they wanted to question her, one source said.

Clinton Friend Launches Legal Fund
Former Arkansas senator David Pryor is heading up a new fund to help the president and first lady pay their huge legal bills.

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    Across the Dial, Restraint Evaporates
    With barely any public outcry, radio stations have turned the Monica Lewinsky scandal into the greatest running joke since O.J. Simpson's murder trial.

From Wednesday, February 18

Clinton Asks Court to Dismiss Jones Suit
President Clinton's lawyers maintained that Paula Jones had not demonstrated that he retaliated against her for rebuffing a sexual advance, assuming for the sake of argument that the advance happened. Text of Motion.

Ex-Aide Who Said Clinton Groped Her Gets Subpoenaed
Kathleen Willey, who said that she was kissed and groped by President Clinton, has been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury investigating Clinton's alleged relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky, sources said.

McCurry Comments Stir Storm of Speculation
The White House spokesman's recent remarks about the president's ties to an ex-intern provide the strongest sign yet that some officials fear the details of the relationship will prove troublesome.

Starr Asks High Court Not to Tie Up Foster Lawyer's Notes
Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr urged the Supreme Court not to block his request for notes from Vincent W. Foster Jr.'s lawyer.

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    President's Gatekeeper Forced to Sit on Fence
    Betty Currie, the president's secretary, is cut from the same cloth as most of her predecessors – calm, solicitous, hyper-competent. But lately she has been wearing an expression of torment and alarm.

    Scandal Stirs Another Troupe Deployment
    Monica Lewinsky is the best thing to happen to the Capitol Steps comedy group since since a crazy week in 1987 when "we had Gary Hart get caught [with a mistress], Oliver North testifying before Congress and Tammy Faye Bakker announce that she had an air-conditioned doghouse."

From Tuesday, February 17

Goldberg's Pleasure Is Clinton's Pain
Lucianne Goldberg, a pivotal but somewhat mysterious figure in the web of accusations engulfing President Clinton, seems to be having a good time. "You have to be brain-dead not to be interested in this," she bellowed the other day. "And there's so much more to come!"


From Monday, February 16

It's Lonely for the Man at the Top
Bill Clinton, as he struggles to survive the most serious crisis of his career, has become a study in presidential loneliness, says Post reporter and Clinton biographer David Maraniss.

Panetta Calls for Clinton to Explain
President Clinton owes the American public a full explanation of the unusual relationship he had with Monica S. Lewinsky, said Leon E. Panetta, the president's former top aide.

Cosmos Club Ruffled by Reporters
Members of the venerable Cosmos Club are unhappy about the recent residence therein of attorney William Ginsburg, who, with his client Monica Lewinsky, has effectively placed the club's building under journalistic siege.

For Big-Money Democrats, Clinton's Still Worth It
Drawing inspiration from first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's vigorous defense of her husband -- and encouraged by the president's lofty poll numbers -- Democratic activists are laying aside their doubts about the president's personal behavior, choosing instead to cling fiercely to this charming leader and his popular agenda.

From Sunday, February 15

Week 4: All Eyes on Grand Jury, Lewinsky's Mother
A grand jury of 23 ordinary citizens is now dictating the pace of news in the Monica S. Lewinsky controversy and hearing testimony that could determine the fate of the Clinton presidency.

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    Tony Kornheiser: Washington Leak in Review
    The problem, my fellow Americans, is leakage. Not gifts. Not late-night phone calls. Leaks. President Clinton is extremely concerned about the impropriety of grand jury leaks.

From Saturday, February 14

Once Clinton's Champion, Now His Detractor?
Former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos's evolution into one of President Clinton's most famous doubters has former friends speculating about his motives.

Linda Tripp Briefed Jones Team on Tapes
Linda Tripp met with a lawyer for Paula Jones the day before President Clinton gave his deposition in the case.

Ex-Secret Service Agent May Testify
A deal allows Lewis C. Fox to give limited testimony that does not reveal protective techniques and procedures of the Secret Service.

Investigators Focus on White House Logs
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is seeking the meticulous, minute-by-minute logs of whom the president sees, whom he talks to on the phone, and when and where he travels.

First Lady Ordered Critique of Coverage
In 1996 First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton ordered White House lawyers to prepare a report criticizing The Washington Post's lead Whitewater reporter, according to participants in the meeting.

From Friday, February 13

Propriety Debate Stops Ex-Guard's Testimony
Prosecutors negotiated with federal officials over the propriety of compelling the Secret Service to disclose what it knows about the president.

Analysis: Some Uneasy With Starr's Tactics
A number of former federal prosecutors have expressed discomfort with weapons that independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has used to try to make his case against President Clinton.

Power Couple's Comments Irk Democrats
Democrats attacked Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing for appearing all over television to talk about Monica Lewinsky when they were being paid $25,000 a month to probe the Teamsters.

From Thursday, February 12

Lewinsky's Mother Overcome by Emotion
Marcia Lewis testified for nearly five hours but by midafternoon was so upset that she was unable to continue answering questions.

Public Disgusted by Media Frenzy
In a conversation with 13 area residents, a majority compared the Monica Lewinsky saga to the O.J. Simpson trial as a case study in media excess. Still, the public keeps tuning in for the latest developments.

Md. Official Gets Tripp Probe
A new prosecutor took over the investigation into whether Linda R. Tripp illegally tape-recorded telephone conversations with Monica Lewinsky.

From Wednesday, February 11

Ex-Guard: Clinton, Lewinsky Met Alone
President Clinton and Monica S. Lewinsky met privately in 1995, a retired Secret Service officer said. Clinton has testified that he does not recall being alone with her, sources said.

Lewinsky's Mother Testifies
Marcia Lewis spent about two hours before a grand jury after a federal judge ordered her to testify about accusations that President Clinton urged her daughter to cover up an alleged affair.

Worry Lingers About Ad Hoc Strategy
White House advisers say they're as surprised as anyone that President Clinton has been faring so well since the Lewinsky controversy began. But some say the critical moment in this drama has yet to unfold.

Clinton Lawyers Counter Starr on Two Fronts
The president's lawyers are using a two-pronged strategy – attack in public and investigate in private – that is designed for the special needs of a client for whom political concerns may be as important as legal ones.

Howard County Prosecutor Turns Over Tripp Probe
The Linda R. Tripp taping probe will be shifted to an independent state prosecutor in the hopes of removing politics from the case, sources said.

Clinton Wins Warm Reception at Party Retreat
House Democrats showed President Clinton strong support in their first meeting with him since allegations of a sex scandal hit three weeks ago.

From Tuesday, February 10

Lewinsky Subpoenaed to Testify
After Monica S. Lewinsky was summoned to testify Thursday in the probe into an alleged affair with the president, one of her lawyers said he will seek to quash the subpoena.

Congress Quietly Examines Impeachment
House leaders have begun looking into possible impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, but say the evidence must be much stronger than it is now before they can consider moving ahead.

Experts See Lawyers' Fingerprints on 'Talking Points'
Several lawyers, asked to analyze the "talking points" document that former White House intern Monica Lewinsky supposedly gave to her colleague, Linda R. Tripp, concluded that the document may have a lawyer's hand behind it.

Husband Says Post Exaggerated Influence Over Judge
The husband of the judge presiding over Paula Jones's sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton said he has made suggestions about the case but denied helping his wife make decisions.

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    House Republican Leads Impeachment Charge
    Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) has never shied away from controversy. Now he's leading the movement to impeach a popular president – and making the Republican leadership just a tad nervous.

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    Talking Points for Tripp
    Text of the "talking points" Monica Lewinsky is said to have given to Linda R. Tripp on Jan. 14, obtained by The Post on Feb. 9.

From Monday, February 9

Republicans Come to Starr's Defense
GOP congressional leaders are accusing President Clinton's lawyers and aides of unfairly maligning independent counsel Kenneth Starr as a way of avoiding questions about Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Judge Has In-House Counsel
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright has a ready sounding board for her decisions in Paula Corbin Jones's sexual harassment suit against President Clinton – her husband, law professor Robert Wright.

Clinton's Popularity Surprised Political Pros
President Clinton's rising ratings in polls surprised political consultants watching the Lewinsky controversy unfold. They wonder if Clinton's popularity reflects a change in Americans' attitudes toward extramarital sex.

Washington's Uproar Muted in Midwest
In Midwestern restaurants and bars, outside movie theaters and gas stations, even Clinton's most ardent critics look at the Lewinsky sex controversy as a creation of Washington that has little to do with real life.

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    Media Notes: A Question of Leaks
    Is it hypocritical for journalists to publish illegal leaks? They're not breaking any law, but the rash of journalistic mistakes in the Lewinsky case shows it's a dangerous game for all sides.

From Sunday, February 8

Chronology: An Unusual Connection
Much remains unknown about the connection between President Clinton and Monica S. Lewinsky, but emerging details suggest it was highly unusual for a president and an intern.

Ginsburg Accuses Starr of Intimidation
Lewinsky's attorney is accusing independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr of using strong-arm tactics to pressure the former White House intern to stretch her story.

Paula Jones Takes a Bolder, Riskier Tack
Lawyers for Paula Corbin Jones have transformed her sexual harassment suit into a complex sequence of allegations that will portray President Clinton as a sexual predator who uses his official powers to coerce women.

L.A. Police Warn Media Chasing Lewinsky
Police officials warned the news media Saturday of the dangers of pursuing Lewinsky in traffic after her family's van was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by a television cameraman.


    Sally Quinn: Foreign Policy Driven by Distraction
    President Clinton has hosted important meetings with three world leaders already this year, yet his concentration is repeatedly being tugged toward the Monica Lewinsky controversy.

    Richard Morin: How Clinton Confounded the Polls
    President Clinton's standings in the polls took a surprising leap after the Lewinsky story broke, perhaps because it made people take stock of how well the economy is working for most Americans.

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    Tony Kornheiser: Logging Lewinsky
    Don't ask The Post's satirical columnist how he got the White House logs of Monica Lewinsky's visits. "It was rough. Rougher than being Linda Tripp's hairdresser."


From Saturday, February 7

Clinton: Scandal Won't Force Me Out
During a news conference with visiting British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Clinton said he would never step down amid allegations of an affair with ex-intern Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton Advisers Settle on Strategy
President Clinton's advisers have been arguing for weeks over the best way to combat Kenneth Starr's probe into the Lewinsky matter. The differences dissolved with a volley of attacks designed to discredit the Starr inquiry.

Blair Faces Media Fire, Sticks By Clinton
At Friday's news conference with President Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair had a well-defined role. He was there to stand by his man, for better and worse, which he did from beginning to end.

Linda Tripp's Curious Career Path
In 1994, the White House told the Pentagon to hire Linda R. Tripp into its public affairs office without so much as an interview, even though the office had no openings at the time. Within weeks, Tripp moved into a more prestigious job with a bigger salary.

Proving, Plugging Leaks Are Difficult
The complaint by lawyers for President Clinton about "out of control" leaks is just the latest installment in the battle between defense lawyers and prosecutors over information that is supposed to remain secret yet makes its way into news reports.

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    Some Clinton Stories Leave Readers Guessing
    Some of the most explosive reports in the Clinton-Lewinsky controversy rely heavily on leaked information – and the same leaks can produce dramatically different stories, depending on who's doing the reporting. What's a reader to make of it?

    Answering the (Unwanted) Call of Fame
    Monica Lewinsky and President Clinton aren't the only ones having a rough time lately. Just ask anyone named Lewinsky who has had to fend off a prank phone calls in the past three weeks.

From Friday, February 6

Source: Clinton, Currie Discussed Testimony
Betty Currie, a secretary stationed just outside of the Oval Office, told investigators that President Clinton probed her memories of his contacts with Monica Lewinsky to see whether they matched his own, a source said.

Tripp Gave Statement to Jones Lawyers
Linda R. Tripp provided Paula Jones's lawyers with a sworn statement last month testifying that Monica Lewinsky told her on "innumerable occasions" of a long-running affair with President Clinton and played for Tripp "at least three tapes" containing Clinton's voice.

Grand Jury Reviewing Layout of West Wing
As investigators seek evidence that would put President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky alone with one another, the West Wing of the White House has emerged as a principal focus of the probe.

Vernon Jordan Among Most Sought-After Corporate Directors
In a Post interview, Clinton friend Vernon Jordan said he would not have referred Monica Lewinsky for jobs at Revlon and American Express if he had thought it would generate controversy. He declined to say whether he had ever contacted such companies for other young men or women.

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    Revlon's Perelman Tied to Clinton Scandals
    Ronald Perelman – a cigar-smoking walking conglomerate from New York who apparently cares barely a whit for ideology – has become a player in a distinctly Washington crisis. In two instances recently, Perelman, who runs Revlon and a couple of dozen other companies, has offered jobs to acquaintances of the president.

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    Affidavit of Linda R. Tripp
    Text of the sworn statement that Linda R. Tripp signed on Jan. 21 for Paula Jones's lawyers and obtained by The Post on Feb. 5. She says Lewinsky "revealed to me in detailed conversations on innumerable occasions that she has had a sexual relationship with President Clinton since November 15, 1995."

From Thursday, February 5

Starr Turns Down Lewinsky Testimony Deal
Inconsistencies in a statement from Monica Lewinsky apparently prompted Kenneth W. Starr to reject an immunity deal. Lewinsky acknowledged having a sexual relationship with the president, the sources said, but she was unclear on whether she was urged to lie about it.

Lewinsky's First Lawyer Defended
Lawyers for Francis C. Carter, the lawyer first hired by Monica Lewinsky, said that the delay in formally filing her affidavit denying a sexual relationship with President Clinton was not related to efforts by Clinton's friend Vernon E. Jordan Jr. to find Lewinsky a new job.

Bruce Lindsey: Clinton's 'Captain of the Defense'
Bruce Lindsey, an intense lawyer from Arkansas, is President Clinton's political lookout, bearer of bad news and chief damage control specialist.

L.A. Gives Lewinsky a Change of Siege
Monica Lewinsky went to her father's Los Angeles home in pursuit of normalcy. But with 50 or so reporters and photographers camped outside, quiet was elusive on her first full day on the West Coast.

Wall Street Journal Story Reflects New News Cycle
Unfinished reporting didn't stop the Wall Street Journal from posting a controversial Clinton-Lewinsky story on its Web site, distributing it on its wire service and talking about it on television. The speedy sequence underscores the increasing velocity of the news cycle.

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    Politicians' Bedfellows
    The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal is just the latest illustration that separating sex and politics is almost impossible.

From Wednesday, February 4

Lewinsky Visits Logged at White House
Secret Service logs show that Monica Lewinsky visited the White House some three dozen times after leaving her White House job for the Pentagon in 1996, sources said.

Clinton Plans New Legal Defense Fund
President Clinton is planning to establish a new legal defense fund with a goal of raising at least $3 million to $4 million to cover exploding attorney fees, sources said.

Lewinsky Amid Media Frenzy in L.A.
Monica Lewinsky flew home to California in search, as her lawyer put it, of a "normal" life. But nothing about her return was normal.

Marcia Lewis, a Story in Her Own Right
Marcia Lewis, Monica Lewinsky's mother, is not your old-fashioned iron-gray mom or even your modern, yuppie soccer mom. But she is determined and devoted to her children.

Lucianne Goldberg: From Nixon Spy to Literary Agent
Years before she became known as Linda Tripp's literary agent, Lucianne Goldberg earned big bucks as a spy in the McGovern press corps.

Md. House Erupts Over Non-Prosecution of Tripp
The verbal fight on the House floor was only the latest instance of the controversy surrounding President Clinton spilling into state politics.

France Philosophizes on 'L'Affair Clinton'
The country stereotypically known for tolerance of extramarital adventures by men in high office is discovering that the United States is perhaps more tolerant of les aventures (or alleged adventures) than had been believed.

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    Media Put Starr in the Hot Seat
    Kenneth W. Starr's pursuit of sex and perjury allegations involving President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky has put him under the media's microscope.

From Tuesday, February 3

White House Guards Records
Throughout last year's controversy over Democratic campaign fund-raising, the White House strategically released internal documents to preempt congressional critics from putting the information out first. In the Lewinsky scandal, the approach is more protective.

Sworn Statements Turned Over to Starr
Whitewater prosecutors received copies of the statements President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky gave in the Paula Jones harassment lawsuit. Clinton and Lewinsky reportedly denied in those statements that they had a sexual relationship.

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    Starr's Dream Team
    The 20 men and women who make up independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team have bagged dozens of pocket-stuffing mayors, unethical congressmen and crooked bureaucrats.

    With Heat on, McCurry Stays Cool
    Since the Lewinsky controversy broke, White House spokesman Mike McCurry has had to face swarms of reporters hungry for information. He has maintained his composure – and his sense of humor – despite the white-hot spotlight.

From Monday, February 2

Starr Says Inquiry Moving Swiftly
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr said his investigators are moving quickly to gather facts in the Lewinsky case. But in other TV interviews Sunday, Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg handed Starr several more leads.

As Ginsburg Talks, Colleagues Air Disbelief
After Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg appeared on five Sunday morning talk shows, many criminal defense lawyers are saying his press strategy is dangerously flawed.

Gore Keeps His Eyes on the Future
Vice President Gore is standing firm beside President Clinton while continuing to position himself for the Democratic nomination in 2000.

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    Media Notes: Shadows, Whispers and News
    Is it harmless for independent Internet columnist Matt Drudge to share uncorroborated gossip about the president, or is the media food chain only as strong as its weakest link?

    Essay: Between Here and There
    Normally, the great division in Washington is between Republicans and Democrats. Now, with President Clinton being hounded in Washington and lionized elsewhere, it's between here and there.

    At a Loss For Words
    Pity the poor Washington novelist, trying to make imagination outfly reality. What invented scenario, what mere contrivance of plot and character, could rival the unlikely characters and improbable events that have saturated the newspapers and airwaves during the last 12 days?


From Sunday, February 1

President's Popularity Hits New Highs
Two-thirds of Americans approve of President Clinton's job performance and 59 percent believe his enemies are conspiring against him. But 56 percent also agree Clinton "has only himself to blame for the scandal."

First Lady Binds Clinton Power Partnership
Initially, some wondered if this would be the alleged affair that sent Hillary Rodham Clinton packing, but she responded as she always has: by doing whatever is necessary to maintain the partnership of Clinton and Clinton.

Starr-Lewinsky Talks About Immunity Slow
With Monica S. Lewinsky headed to California to visit her father, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's inquiry is no longer proceeding at the breakneck pace of last week.

Monica Lewinsky Time Line
Monica Lewinsky arrived in Washington 2 1/2 years ago – one of hundreds of interns who came to work at the White House. Today, she is at the center of a sex scandal involving the president.

Chronology: Clinton Survival Strategy Emerges
President Clinton's forceful denial on Monday morning reversed the momentum of the Lewinsky scandal and shifted the crisis' pace from warp speed to slow motion.

Md. Prosecutor Delays Tripp Probe
Maryland's top prosecutors yesterday endorsed the Howard County state's attorney's decision not to immediately investigate whether Linda R. Tripp violated a strict state wiretapping law when she recorded phone calls in which former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky allegedly described a sexual affair with President Clinton.


    Elizabeth Drew: Impeachment Talk's Cheap
    That impeachment has been thinkable at all is remarkable. It's a sign of a changed attitude toward the presidency, and also of the danger in which President Clinton remains.

    Mary McGrory: Nixon, Clinton and Common Sense
    There are many differences between the scandals that beset presidents Nixon and Clinton, but both failed to provide common-sense explanations of curious occurrences.

    Susan Milligan: In Budapest, Sex Is No Scandal
    In Hungary, people don't understand why anyone cares whether President Clinton has had affairs. But men there don't understand what's wrong with sexual harassment, either.

    Fred Barbash: Can a President Be Indicted?
    If a president is indicted and convicted, how can he be punished and still carry out his presidential duties? It's a conundrum the Supreme Court has not yet tackled.

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    Tony Kornheiser: Oral History
    The Post's irreverent columnist says he doesn't believe that oral sex is sex, doesn't believe that oral history is history, and certainly doesn't believe that Orel Hershiser is ... going to win 20 again.

    Power Tripp
    The casual attire of the Clinton crew has been cited as one reason why Linda Tripp grew disenchanted with the administration. That appearances have even been mentioned at all – considering that the presidency could be at stake – speaks to the tremendous expectations about the public face of power.

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