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Starr Receives Sworn Statements

From News Services
Tuesday, February 3, 1998; Page A7

Whitewater prosecutors received copies yesterday of the sworn statements President Clinton and Monica S. Lewinsky gave in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit – statements apparently at odds with Lewinsky's tape-recorded talk of a sexual relationship with the president.

In the documents given to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, both the president and the former White House intern denied that they have had sexual relations, according to various accounts based on sources familiar with the papers. However, Lewinsky spoke of sexual relations with Clinton in tape-recorded conversations made by her onetime friend, Linda R. Tripp. Those recordings, also in Starr's possession, sparked the current controversy.

Starr said yesterday, "We've been focused hard on some of the questions and issues," but he declined to elaborate.

"We're continuing to move forward," he told CNN.

Former White House adviser George Stephanopoulos was scheduled to testify before the Whitewater grand jury today. Also scheduled to appear was an intern who signed for packages coming into the White House between October and December, supposedly the period when Lewinsky sent over packages from her Pentagon office.

White House lawyers negotiated with prosecutors in the investigation about the scope of grand jury questioning planned for current administration officials, including the president's closest adviser, Bruce Lindsey.

Lindsey is under subpoena to testify before the Whitewater grand jury, but a Clinton adviser said yesterday that his appearance has been delayed while administration officials try to determine how to protect the confidentiality of conversations between the White House lawyer and Clinton.

Lewinsky's lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, said Lewinsky would be returning to California this week to visit her father.

Also yesterday, a prominent Democrat took the occasion of the president's budget announcement to try to minimize the scandal.

The American people are "fed up and they've given up" trying to sort out "revelations and counter-revelations . . . and inaccuracies and inconsistencies" in the story, said Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.).

The country's attention is on the budget and wants Congress "to complete the work of the president," Daschle said.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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