Senate Questions Posed to Clinton
Monday, January 25, 1999; 12:00 a.m. EST
Text of questions submitted Monday to the president by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and nine other Republican senators:
1. Charles Ruff argued that you did not commit perjury before the Grand Jury because, inter alia, you were never asked: "Is everything you testified to in the Jones deposition true?"
Is everything you testified to in the Jones deposition true? If not, what did you testify that you believe is not truthful? Please begin your answer with a yes or no.
2. It is uncontroverted that you made the following statements to Ms. Currie on Jan. 18: "Monica came on to me, and I never touched her, right?" "You were always there when Monica was there, right?" "I was never alone with Monica, right?" "You could see and hear everything, right?" "She wanted to have sex with me, and I cannot do that, right?" At the time you made these statements, did you believe them to be true? Please provide an answer with respect to each of these statements.
3. You testified before the grand jury that if the Jones lawyers "asked for the gifts (Ms. Lewinsky would) have to give them whatever she had, that that's what the law was." Do you stand by this testimony? If so, how do you explain Ms. Lewinsky's failure to follow your advice?
4. Presidential aide Sydney Blumenthal testified before the grand jury that President Clinton told him that "Ms. Lewinsky came at me and made a sexual demand on me"; and that he "rebuffed her"; and Ms. Lewinsky "was known as the stalker." Deputy Chief of Staff John Podesta testified before the grand jury that President Clinton did not have sex with Ms. Lewinsky "in any way whatsoever" and provided additional details. You testified before the grand jury that "I said to them things that were true about this relationship."
Are Mr. Podesta and Mr. Blumenthal's testimony concerning their conversations with you accurate? If not, what did you say to your aides? If these statements are accurate, do you stand by your testimony that your statements to them were truthful?
5. When asked why, four days after you testified under oath in the Jones proceeding, Dick Morris conducted a poll on whether the American people would forgive you for committing the crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice, your attorney, Mr. Ruff, answered, "I don't have a clue." Since your lawyers do not have any insights, could you explain why Dick Morris would have conducted this poll? Who ordered and paid for this poll?
When asked by the House of Representatives about this poll, you answered that Dick Morris "volunteered" to conduct this poll. Could you provide additional details as to the context in which Mr. Morris "volunteered" and the details of any conversation you had with Mr. Morris about conducting such a poll or the results of such a poll?
6. Is it your position that Ms. Lewinsky was lying in her grand jury testimony, her grand jury deposition, and her FBI interviews, when she said you engaged in conduct with her that constituted "sexual relations" even under your narrow interpretation of the term in the Jones deposition? Is it your position that she was also lying when she gave essentially the same account contemporaneously with the occurrence of the events to her friends and counselors?
7. In your 2 a.m. conversation with Ms. Lewinsky about Betty Currie's brother and the possibility of Ms. Lewinsky filing an affidavit, did you mention the possibility that she could say she was visiting Betty Currie or delivering papers? Why did you mention the possibility of filing an affidavit? How would an affidavit from Ms. Lewinsky that disclosed the true nature of your relationship have helped you achieve your purported objective?
8. At the end of the Jones deposition, Judge Wright admonished the parties that "this case is subject to a protective order regarding all discovery and all parties present, including the witness, are not to say anything whatsoever about the questions they were asked, the substance of the deposition ... any details, and this is extremely important to the court." Within hours of Judge Wright's admonition to all parties not to discuss details of the deposition, did you telephone Betty Currie to ask her to make a rare Sunday visit to the Oval Office in which you discussed the deposition? If so, was this consistent with Judge Wright's protective order?
9. In her interviews with the Office of the Independent Counsel, Ms. Lewinsky stated that on Jan. 5, 1998, you told her about the affidavit because you had seen 15 others. Did you mean that you had seen previous drafts of Ms. Lewinsky's affidavit, or did you mean that you had seen drafts of other affidavits that were in some way connected to the Paula Jones matter? If you meant that you had seen drafts of Ms. Lewinsky's affidavit, who gave them to you to review and why were you reviewing them? If you meant that you had seen drafts of other affidavits, whose affidavits were they, and why were you reviewing them? Did you either personally or through some other person participate in any way in the preparation of Monica Lewinsky's affidavit? If so, what did you or some other person do? Please describe in detail.
10. When did you first learn that Ms. Lewinsky had not turned over the gifts to the Jones lawyers? When did you first learn that Ms. Currie was in possession of the gifts?
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