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Jones Papers to Detail Hunt for Alleged Affairs

By Lorraine Adams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 13, 1998; Page A03

LITTLE ROCK – Investigators for Paula Jones's legal team have spent five months tracking down shadows from Bill Clinton's past – trying to match women's names and accounts to rumors that have dogged the president since his Arkansas days.

Today, some of the results of that chase will become public when Jones's lawyers file papers attempting to persuade U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright to let Jones's sexual harassment case come to trial May 27.

Attached to the Jones team's response to a Clinton motion for summary judgment will be portions of depositions and affidavits from various women, said Jones attorney T. Wesley Holmes. The filing offers the Jones team an opportunity to reveal their investigation's results more openly than they may be able to in Wright's courtroom.

The relevance of these women remains a contested issue. President Clinton's attorneys believe that Jones's lawyers failed in five hours of questioning Clinton to establish their relevance to the case and that Wright will exclude from trial any evidence about old purported love affairs.

But Jones's lawyers intend to push. "They are relevant, at the least, to show a pattern and practice of using state authority and jobs to obtain sexual favors, which is what he did to Paula Jones," said Holmes.

In Clinton's Jan. 17 deposition, Wright allowed Jones's lawyers to ask him only about seven women, including Jones, whom she judged material to the case. Her standard was that there must have been a connection to Clinton's governmental power, such as a woman holding or seeking a state job or an allegation that she was solicited by public employees on Clinton's behalf. Another woman, a former high school classmate, was brought up indirectly during the questioning.

Since then, the judge has excluded any evidence about the best known of the group, Monica S. Lewinsky, the former White House intern now under investigation by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.

Clinton in his deposition acknowledged a sexual encounter with only one of the seven – a single interlude with Flowers, whom he helped win an Arkansas state job.

Investigators working for Jones's lawyers – Rader, Campbell, Fisher and Pyke of Dallas – have said they tracked down and interviewed dozens of other women in an attempt to establish possible patterns of harassment, intimidation or favorable treatment.

The Jones team said it pursued countless tips that came by mail, fax and telephone. They also depended heavily on statements from the Arkansas state troopers who throughout the 1980s guarded then-Gov. Clinton round-the-clock.

The governor, according to accounts given in press interviews by these once-trusted officers, saw women at odd hours and unexpected places – at night in one woman's car, in the afternoon at another's house, before dawn in the governor's mansion. The troopers said that they were often asked to approach women about meetings or to drive Clinton to them.

Jones's lawyers hope to prove that Clinton granted jobs or favors to certain women while Jones, a former secretary at the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, met a career dead-end after rejecting Clinton. Clinton has denied this.

The identities of the so-called "Jane Does" in the Jones case are covered under a judicial gag order. Last week, The Washington Post published an account of Clinton's deposition in which he was questioned about various women. He acknowledged having sex with only Flowers – the woman who surfaced as an alleged lover in the 1992 campaign. Clinton at that time denied Flowers's allegations of a 12-year love affair.

Under oath, Clinton was asked about Jones, Lewinsky, former White House aide Kathleen E. Willey, political supporter Shelia Davis Lawrence and three women from his Arkansas past: Flowers, Beth Gladden Coulson and Marilyn Jo Jenkins. Clinton also discussed Dolly Kyle Browning, the high school classmate, and recounted an unpleasant encounter with her. Willey, like Jones, has alleged that Clinton made an unsolicited sexual advance to her, while Lawrence, Coulson and Jenkins have denied having affairs with Clinton.

When asked about detailed accounts about women given under oath by the troopers, Clinton said meetings that struck the troopers as unusual were visits between longtime friends.

Rumors of alleged love affairs have been circulating for years in Arkansas. The late 1993 and 1994 accounts of four state troopers published in the Los Angeles Times and American Spectator caused a flurry of attention. Jones brought suit against Clinton and trooper Danny Ferguson. Jones said that Ferguson's comments in the article about her encounter with Clinton in a Little Rock hotel room were untrue and damaging.

Troopers Larry Patterson, L.D. Brown and Roger Perry were deposed by the Jones team on Nov. 4, 5 and 6. They also were questioned about women by Starr's investigators last summer. The troopers said Starr was looking for women with whom Clinton might have shared details of the Whitewater matter.

Coulson, the wife of an Arkansas oil company executive, did not respond to phone calls or letters. Her attorney, Jim Simpson, said in a written statement that Coulson "is prohibited from commenting upon issues relating to the pending litigation, including her own testimony."

Wright allowed questioning about Coulson because Clinton as governor named her in 1987 to an unexpired term on the state appellate court. She was 32 and a Perry County municipal judge. The appointment prompted complaints that she lacked legal experience. She was defeated when she ran for reelection in 1988.

Clinton said in his deposition he appointed her because she was intelligent and a friend.

In 1994 interviews, trooper Larry G. Patterson described taking Clinton to Coulson's house several times when her husband was not at home. In his deposition, Clinton numbered those visits at about five and said they were personal.

Jenkins is a Little Rock employee of Entergy Corp., where she has worked most recently in marketing, according to Entergy spokesperson Cathy Roche. Jenkins has not returned numerous calls or answered a letter asking for comment.

Ferguson, Clinton's co-defendant in the Jones lawsuit, in his deposition described several contacts between a woman and Clinton, according to a source familiar with it. Ferguson said that at least four times he escorted Jenkins past the Secret Service in 1992. Once was at 5:15 a.m. on the day Clinton left Little Rock for Washington.

In his deposition, Clinton recalled meeting her at her apartment when he was governor and estimated they did so fewer than 10 times. He said he did not remember troopers taking him there.

Clinton also said he has talked to Jenkins two or three times since the Jones case was filed, both on the phone and in person. He called her from the White House and also saw her at two political rallies.

Clinton said he remembered meeting Jenkins in the mansion's basement, which functioned as an office, to say goodbye before he left for Washington. He said he also met with her around Christmas 1992 to give her presents.

Browning, a high school classmate of Clinton in Hot Springs, was not among the seven women about whom Wright allowed evidence, but her name came up tangentially during Clinton's deposition. Browning has said that Clinton perjured himself in denying that they had a sexual relationship, which she says ended in 1992.

Jones's attorneys believe that several aspects of Browning's Oct. 28, 1997, deposition are relevant in Jones's case. Browning described a conversation with Clinton in May 1988 that she said she wrote about in her journal.

"We had a long intense discussion about sexual addiction," Browning said in an interview with The Post. In his deposition, Clinton did not recall a discussion about sexual addiction.

Browning came up when Clinton was asked whether he had ever denied to Browning that Flowers was his lover. Clinton replied that he did so in a conversation at their 30th high school reunion in 1994. During that conversation, Clinton testified, he denied having a relationship with Browning but said she was in love with him.

Clinton testified that Browning told him at the reunion that she was writing a novel suggesting they had had an affair. He said she told him she needed the money.

But Browning said she began working on a novel in 1986, not to make money but "as a kind of therapy."

Staff writer Peter Baker and staff researcher Alice Crites contributed to this report.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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