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Friend of Lewinsky Brought From Japan

By Lena H. Sun and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, March 18, 1998; Page A06

A college friend of Monica S. Lewinsky was flown in from Japan and testified all day yesterday before the grand jury investigating whether President Clinton had a sexual relationship with the former White House aide and then encouraged her to lie about it under oath.

Catherine Allday Davis, 24, who has stayed in touch with Lewinsky since their days together at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, was the latest of several friends and former co-workers summoned to the courthouse in Washington where prosecutors have been asking them what Lewinsky told them about any involvement with Clinton.

Neither Davis nor her attorney, James Bensfield, would reveal details of her testimony, but investigators in independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's office evidently believe she has important information because no other witness has been called to appear from so far away. Davis lives in Tokyo with her husband; the government typically pays for transportation and lodging for grand jury witnesses.

Bensfield said Davis has been close to Lewinsky since college, where they were both psychology majors who graduated in 1995. "Catherine still considers herself to be a very close friend," Bensfield said.

Prosecutors may be interested in any e-mail correspondence between Lewinsky and Davis.

Starr has brought in to the grand jury several apparent confidantes of Lewinsky's to talk about what they knew, including fellow former White House aide Ashley Raines and high school friend Neysa Erbland, both of whom reportedly told investigators that she shared details of a relationship with Clinton.

Such testimony may establish that Lewinsky told a number of associates about a purported affair, not just her colleague at the Pentagon, Linda R. Tripp, who secretly recorded their conversations and turned the tapes over to Starr.

The collective testimony could contradict Lewinsky's Jan. 7 affidavit in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case denying any sexual relations with the president.

If Starr can prove she lied in the affidavit, he could charge Lewinsky with perjury.

As for Lewinsky herself, she appears unlikely to show up at the courthouse any time soon. Lewinsky's testimony has been put on hold while U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson deliberates on her lawyer's motion to enforce what he says was a binding immunity deal with Starr. Her attorney, William H. Ginsburg, said yesterday he plans to fly home to California tomorrow and will be there for a week.

"I don't anticipate anything hot happening," he said. He will return -- "when I'm told to come back. I have no plan. But I can't sit around waiting around for Godot."

The wait for a resolution of the immunity conflict also may be holding back decisions on other matters connected to the Starr investigation. For example, Lewinsky's first attorney, Francis D. Carter, has resisted a subpoena from Starr on the grounds of attorney-client privilege; lawyers involved believe the judge may wait to decide that dispute until after deciding the immunity matter, particularly since an immunity deal may involve waiving attorney-client privilege and make the issue moot.

Another figure in the case, Democratic fund-raiser Nathan Landow, said yesterday that he has not yet been summoned to testify before Starr's grand jury. But Landow said the independent counsel has subpoenaed records related to Kathleen E. Willey, a former White House aide who has accused Landow of trying to influence her testimony in the Jones case about an alleged sexual encounter with Clinton.

In addition to documents connected to Willey, Starr is seeking the financial records from Landow's real estate development firm, dating to January 1994, a little more than a month after Willey's fateful Nov. 29, 1993, meeting with Clinton in the Oval Office.

Willey has charged that, when she went to see him in search of a paying White House job, the president without invitation hugged and kissed her, felt her breasts and placed her hand on his crotch. She said in a statement in the Jones case that Landow tried to persuade her not to tell her story, but offered no details.

She has since testified before Starr's grand jury as an apparently cooperating witness.

Davis arrived at the courthouse for her grand jury appearance yesterday just after 9 a.m. and did not emerge until 4:30 p.m.

After Davis was finished, White House presidential diarist Ellen McCathran testified for less than half an hour, according to her lawyer Jeffrey Jacobovitz. McCathran compiles a 24-hour-a-day diary of the president's meetings, but Jacobovitz said "Monica Lewinsky did not show up on any of the logs."

He added, however, that "not every potential meeting is logged."

McCathran, who has served five administrations, produces the diary using annotated records of who meets with the president in the Oval Office, movement logs kept by the Secret Service, trip books, ushers' logs for those visiting the White House residence, two sets of phone logs and the White House entry records.

Staff writer Peter Baker contributed to this report.


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