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Saturday, October 3, 1998; Page A27

Marcia Lewis, Monica S. Lewinsky's mother, testified before the grand jury for two days in February and was pressed repeatedly by prosecutors about what she knew about her daughter's relationship with President Clinton.

February 10

Q: Did you become concerned at all that your daughter was exhibiting some level of romantic interest in the President?

Lewis: At times.

Q: What was the nature of that concern?

A: She seemed very unhappy . . .

Q: What made you think she was unhappy?

A: She cried a lot. She stayed in her room a lot.

Q: Did she confide in you what she was crying about?

A: No.

Q: Did you ask?

A: Yes.

Q: And she declined to tell you?

A: Yes.

Q: And what made you think that related to President Clinton?

A: That's what I felt.

Q: All right. Were you concerned about the fact that your daughter who was 22 or 23 was talking to you about a special relationship with the President of the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: And what was the nature of that concern?

A: That it sounded so – it didn't sound right. It didn't sound – I don't know.

Q: Did she mention – when you say 'it didn't sound right,' what do you mean?

A: Well, it didn't make sense.

Q: Okay.

A: It didn't make sense to me.

Q: At some point, did you begin to suspect that she had a sexual relationship of some kind with the president?

A: There were times – there were times I suspected it. Yes.

Q: Why did you suspect that?

A: Just – nothing – nothing concrete, just began to suspect it, that it could be.

Q: Okay. And did you ask her about that?

A: No.

Q: Why not?

A: Well, it just wouldn't have been something I would ask directly.

Q: Did it strike you as unusual that the President of the United States was speaking on the telephone with your daughter?

A: In a way.

Q: What do you mean?

A: In a way, it seemed unusual, but then – I really didn't know. I really didn't know. To me, it seemed very unusual.

Q: Weren't you concerned at the time about what's going on between your daughter and the President of the United States?

A: Yes, I was concerned. Yes.

Q: You were concerned that your daughter had some sort of sexual relationship with the President of the United States, right?

A: There were times I did. Yes. I – I'm not sure what I – what – what – what could I have done at that point? I don't understand.

Q: I'm not asking you what you could have done. I'm asking you what you discussed with your daughter about it.

A: I don't know specifically. I can't remember specifically what we discussed.

Q: Can you give us in essence what you talked about with your daughter?

A: I felt it was inappropriate.

February 11

Q: I guess my question is does it surprise that someone who has characterized themselves as your roommate and as your daughter would be confiding in another person and not confide in you that she was having an affair with the President of the United States?

A: Do I find it surprising? Yes.

Q: Did your daughter ever tell you those words, that she was having an affair with the President of the United States?

A: I don't think she ever used the word 'affair.' No.

Q: Okay. What word did she use?

A: She talked about a relationship. She talked about she thought she was in love with him. Things like that.

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