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10 Questions and Clinton Answers That Led to Article IV


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  • Sunday, December 13, 1998; Page A27

    The House Judiciary Committee determined that President Clinton's responses to these 10 questions, posed to him in writing by the committee, constituted lying to Congress and an abuse of his power.

    Do you admit or deny that on or about December 17, 1997, you suggested to Monica Lewinsky that she could say to anyone inquiring about her relationship with you that her visits to the Oval Office were for the purpose of visiting with Betty Currie or to deliver papers to you?

    I was asked essentially these same questions by the Office of Independent Counsel lawyers. I testified that Ms. Lewinsky and I "may have talked about what to do in a nonlegal context at some point in the past, but I have no specific memory of that conversation." That continues to be my recollection today -- that is, any such conversation was not in connection with her status as a witness in the Jones v. Clinton case.

    Do you admit or deny that you gave false and misleading testimony under oath when you stated before the grand jury on August 17, 1998, that you did know prior to January 17, 1998, that Monica Lewinsky had been subpoenaed to testify in the case of Jones v. Clinton?

    It is evident from my testimony on Pages 69 to 70 of the deposition that I did know on January 17, 1998, that Ms. Lewinsky had been subpoenaed in the Jones v. Clinton case. Ms. [Paula] Jones' lawyers' question, "Did you talk to Mr. [Bruce] Lindsey about what action, if any, should be taken as a result of her being served with a subpoena?" and my response, "No," reflected my understanding that Ms. Lewinsky had been subpoenaed. That testimony was not false and misleading.

    Do you admit or deny that on or about December 28, 1997, you had a discussion with Monica Lewinsky at the White House regarding gifts you had given to Ms. Lewinsky that were subpoenaed in the case of Jones v. Clinton?

    As I told the grand jury, "Ms. Lewinsky said something to me like, 'what if they ask me about the gifts you've given me,' " but I do not know whether that conversation occurred on December 28, 1997, or earlier. Whenever this conversation occurred, I testified, I told her "that if they asked her for gifts, she'd have to give them whatever she had. . . . Indeed, I gave her additional gifts on December 28, 1997." I also told the grand jury that I do not recall Ms. Lewinsky telling me that the subpoena specifically called for a hat pin that I had given her.

    Do you admit or deny that on or about December 28, 1997, you discussed with Betty Currie gifts previously given by you to Monica Lewinsky?

    Do you admit or deny that on or about December 28, 1997, you requested, instructed, suggested to or otherwise discussed with Betty Currie that she take possession of gifts previously given to Monica Lewinsky by you?

    Response to [both questions]: I do not recall any conversation with Ms. Currie on or about December 28, 1997, about gifts I had previously given to Ms. Lewinsky. I never told Ms. Currie to take possession of gifts I had given to Ms. Lewinsky; I understand Ms. Currie has stated that Ms. Lewinsky called Ms. Currie to ask her to hold a box.

    Do you admit or deny that you had knowledge that any facts or assertions contained in the affidavit executed by Monica Lewinsky on January 7, 1998, in the case of Jones v. Clinton were not true?

    I was asked at my deposition in January about two paragraphs of Ms. Lewinsky's affidavit. With respect to Paragraph 6, I explained the extent to which I was able to attest to its accuracy. With respect to Paragraph 8, I stated in my deposition that it was true. In my August 17th grand jury testimony, I sought to explain the basis for that deposition answer: "I believe at the time that she filled out this affidavit, if she believed that the definition of sexual relationship was two people having intercourse, then this is accurate."

    Do you admit or deny that when asked on January 17, 1998, in your deposition in the case of Jones v. Clinton if you had ever given gifts to Monica Lewinsky, you stated that you did not recall, even though you actually had knowledge of giving her gifts in addition to gifts from the "Black Dog?"

    In my grand jury testimony, I was asked about this same statement. I explained that my full response was "I don't recall. Do you recall what they were?" By that answer, I did not mean to suggest that I did not recall giving gifts; rather, I meant that I did not recall what the gifts were, and I asked for reminders.

    Do you admit or deny that you gave false and misleading testimony under oath in your deposition in the case of Jones v. Clinton when you responded "once or twice" to the question "has Monica Lewinsky ever given you any gifts?"

    My testimony was not false and misleading. As I have testified previously, I give and receive numerous gifts. Before my January 17, 1998, deposition, I had not focused on the precise number of gifts Ms. Lewinsky had given me. My deposition testimony made clear that Ms. Lewinsky had given me gifts; at the deposition, I recalled "a book or two" and a tie. At the time, those were the gifts I recalled. In response to Independent Counsel inquiries after I had a chance to search my memory and refresh my recollection, I was able to be more responsive. However, as my counsel have informed the Office of Independent Counsel, in light of the very large number of gifts I receive, there might still be gifts from Ms. Lewinsky that I have not identified.

    Do you admit or deny that on January 18, 1998, at or about 5:00 p.m., you had a meeting with Betty Currie at which you made statements similar to any of the following regarding your relationship with Ms. Lewinsky?

    a. "You were always there when she was there, right? We were never really alone."

    b. "You could see and hear everything."

    c. "Monica came on to me, and I never touched her, right?"

    d. "She wanted to have sex with me and I couldn't do that."

    When I met with Ms. Currie, I believe that I asked her certain questions, in an effort to get as much information as quickly as I could, and made certain statements, although I do not remember exactly what I said. See App. at 508.

    Some time later, I learned that the Office of Independent Counsel was involved and that Ms. Currie was going to have to testify before the grand jury. After learning this, I stated in my grand jury testimony, I told Ms. Currie, "Just relax, go in there and tell the truth."

    Do you admit or deny that you had a conversation with Betty Currie within several days of January 18, 1998, in which you made statements similar to any of the following regarding your relationship with Monica Lewinsky?

    a. "You were always there when she was there, right? We were never really alone."

    b. "You could see and hear everything."

    c. "Monica came on to me, and I never touched her, right?"

    d. "She wanted to have sex with me and I couldn't do that."

    I previously told the grand jury that "I don't know that I had another conversation with Ms. Currie within several days of January 18, 1998, in which I made statements similar to those quoted above. I remember having this [conversation] one time." I further explained, "I do not remember how many times I talked to Betty Currie or when. I don't. I can't possibly remember that. I do remember, when I first heard about this story breaking, trying to ascertain what the facts were, trying to ascertain what Betty's perception was. I remember that I was highly agitated, understandably, I think."

    I understand that Ms. Currie has said a second conversation occurred the next day that I was in the White House [when she was], which would have been Tuesday, January 20, before I knew about the grand jury investigation.

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