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15 Possible Grounds for
An Impeachment Inquiry

Tuesday, October 6, 1998; Page A09

David P. Schippers, chief investigative counsel for the House Judiciary Committee's Republican majority, outlined 15 events "directly involving" President Clinton that could constitute felonies, and may be grounds for an impeachment inquiry, saying there is "substantial and credible evidence" that the president may have . . .

1. . . . been part of a conspiracy with Monica S. Lewinsky and others to obstruct justice and the due administration of justice by A) providing false and misleading testimony under oath in a civil deposition and before the grand jury; B) withholding evidence and causing evidence to be withheld and concealed; and C) tampering with prospective witnesses in a civil lawsuit and before a federal grand jury.

2. . . . aided, abetted, counseled, and procured Lewinsky to file and cause to be filed a false affidavit in the case of Jones v. Clinton, et al.

3. . . . aided, abetted, counseled, and procured Lewinsky to obstruct justice when she executed and caused to be filed a false affidavit in the case of Jones v. Clinton with knowledge of the pending proceedings and with the intent to influence, obstruct or impede that proceeding and the due administration of justice.

4. . . . engaged in misprision of Lewinsky's felonies, of submitting a false affidavit and of obstructing the due administration of justice, both by taking affirmative steps to conceal those felonies and by failing to disclose the felonies though under a constitutional and statutory duty to do so.

5. . . . testified falsely under oath in his deposition in Jones v. Clinton on Jan. 17, 1998, regarding his relationship with Lewinsky.

6. . . . given false testimony under oath before the federal grand jury on Aug. 17, 1998, concerning his relationship with Lewinsky.

7. . . . given false testimony under oath in his deposition given in Jones v. Clinton, regarding his statement that he could not recall being alone with Lewinsky and regarding his minimizing the number of gifts that they had exchanged.

8. . . . testified falsely under oath in his deposition given in Jones v. Clinton concerning conversations with Lewinsky about her involvement in the Jones case.

9. . . . endeavored to obstruct justice by engaging in a pattern of activity calculated to conceal evidence from the judicial proceedings in Jones v. Clinton regarding his relationship with Lewinsky.

10. . . . endeavored to obstruct justice in the case of Jones v. Clinton by agreeing with Lewinsky on a cover story about their relationship, by causing a false affidavit to be filed by Lewinsky and by giving false and misleading testimony under oath in his deposition.

11. . . . endeavored to obstruct justice by helping Lewinsky obtain a job in New York City at a time when she would have given evidence adverse to Clinton if she told the truth in the case of Jones v. Clinton.

12. . . . testified falsely under oath in his deposition given in Jones v. Clinton concerning his conversations with Vernon Jordan about Lewinsky.

13. . . . endeavored to obstruct justice and engage in witness tampering in attempting to coach and influence the testimony of Betty Currie before the grand jury.

14. . . . engaged in witness tampering by coaching prospective witnesses and by narrating elaborate, detailed false accounts of his relationship with Lewinsky as if those stories were true, intending that the witnesses believe the story and testify to it before a grand jury.

15. . . . given false testimony under oath before the federal grand jury on Aug. 17, 1998, concerning his knowledge of the contents of Lewinsky's affidavit and his knowledge of remarks made in his presence by his counsel.

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