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Lawyers for Paula Jones Trying To Prove Pattern by President

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 1 1997; Page A15

Lawyers for Paula Corbin Jones this week issued a dozen subpoenas to individuals and Arkansas state government offices as part of an attempt to demonstrate that President Clinton's alleged actions toward Jones were part of a pattern of inappropriate behavior involving women.

The subpoenas follow a Supreme Court ruling in May that Jones can begin gathering evidence in her three-year-old sexual harassment case against Clinton.

One subpoena went to a former White House aide, Kathleen E. Willey, ordering her to appear for an Aug. 14 deposition to answer questions under oath about whether the president ever made inappropriate advances to her while she worked for him. But Willey's attorney yesterday denounced the Jones team's tactic and said she got along well with Clinton.

In an interview with CNN, Richmond attorney Daniel Gecker said he will try to quash the subpoena, that his client was "outraged that she has been pulled into the Paula Jones case and that her privacy and personal rights have been violated."

He added, "She does not know Paula Jones and does not have any information that would be relevant to her. Mrs. Willey did work in the White House. She had and continues to have a very good relationship with the president."

Robert S. Bennett, the attorney for Clinton in the Jones case, said the subpoena "is obviously a behind-the-scenes effort by [her] counsel to embarrass and humiliate the president by placing untrue stories in the press. Ms. Willey . . . has absolutely no knowledge or information of any relevance regarding Paula Jones or her allegations."

The Willey subpoena is believed to be the only one to a woman the Jones team wants to question about her personal experiences with Clinton. Other subpoenas went to Arkansas government offices seeking records detailing work assignments of the state troopers who served as Clinton's guards when he was governor and have alleged that they approached women on his behalf.

Also subpoenaed, according to a source familiar with the case, were Betsey Wright, Clinton's former chief of staff who was in charge of handling what she called "bimbo eruptions" in the 1992 presidential campaign, and David Maraniss, a Washington Post reporter who wrote a biography of Clinton.

Jones attorney Joseph Cammarata said his goal was not to humiliate Clinton. "Absolutely not. What we want to do is prove our case for our client whose rights have been violated and gather the evidence to do that," he said. "If something is humiliating and embarrassing to the president of the United States, it's his conduct, not Paula Jones's conduct."

Jones has alleged that while working as a low-level government clerk at a 1991 state economic conference in a Little Rock hotel she was summoned by a Clinton bodyguard to meet with him. According to her suit, Clinton requested sex, which she refused.

Willey worked in the 1992 Clinton campaign and later in the White House social office and counsel's office. In September, Clinton appointed her to the board of governors of the United Service Organization (USO).

She is the daughter-in-law of the late Edward E. Willey Sr., a Richmond Democrat who once was regarded as the most powerful state senator in Virginia. Her husband, Edward E. Willey Jr., committed suicide in November 1993 amid a series of tax and financial claims, including accusations that he misused $250,000 of clients' money.

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