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President Bill Clinton -- Jan. 21, 1998

PBS' "THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER"

SPEAKERS: JIM LEHRER, HOST, THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER
WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

LEHRER: Mr. President, welcome.

CLINTON: Thank you, Jim.

LEHRER: The news of this day is that Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel, is investigating allegations that you suborned perjury by encouraging a 24-year-old woman, a former White House intern, to lie under oath in a civil deposition about her having had an affair with you.

Mr. President, is that true?

CLINTON: That is not true. That is not true.

I did not ask anyone to tell anything other than the truth. There is no improper relationship. And I intend to cooperate with this inquiry. But that is not true.

LEHRER: No improper relationship. Define what you mean by that.

CLINTON: Well, I think you know what it means. It means that there is not a sexual relationship, an improper sexual relationship, or any other kind of improper relationship.

LEHRER: You had no sexual relationship with this young woman?

CLINTON: There is not a sexual relationship. That is accurate.

We are doing our best to cooperate here, but we don't know much yet. And that's all I can say now.

What I'm trying to do is to contain my natural impulses and get back to work. I think it's important that we cooperate. I will cooperate. But I want to focus on the work at hand.

LEHRER: Just for the record, to make sure I understand what you're answer means, so there's no ambiguity about it...

CLINTON: There is no...

LEHRER: All right. You had no conversations with this young woman, Monica Lewinsky, about her testimony or possible testimony before in giving a deposition...

CLINTON: I did not urge -- I did not urge anyone to say anything that was untrue. I did not urge anyone to say anything that was untrue. That's my statement to you.

LEHRER: Did you talk to her?

CLINTON: And on that...

LEHRER: Excuse me. I'm sorry.

CLINTON: And beyond that, I think it's very important that we let the investigation take its course. But I want you to know that that is my clear position. I didn't ask anyone to go in there and say something that's not true.

LEHRER: What about your having had -- another one of the allegations is that you may have asked, or the allegation that's being investigated is that you asked your friend Vernon Jordan...

CLINTON: To do that.

LEHRER: ... to do that.

CLINTON: I absolutely did not do that. I can tell you I did not do that. I did not do that. He is in no ways involved in trying to get anybody to say anything that's not true at my request.

I didn't do that.

Now, I don't know what else to tell you. I don't even know -- all I know what is what I have read here. But I'm going to cooperate. I didn't ask anybody not to tell the truth. There is no improper relationship. The allegations I have read are not true. I do not know what the basis of them is other than just what you know. We'll just have to wait and see. And I will be vigorous about it. But I have got to get back to the work of the country.

I was up past midnight with Prime Minister Netanyahu last night. I've got Mr. Arafat coming in. We've got action all over the world and a State of the Union to do. I'll do my best to cooperate with this, just as I have through every other issue that's come up over the last several years. But I have got to get back to work.

LEHRER: Would you acknowledge, though, Mr. President, this is very serious business, this charge against you that's been made?

CLINTON: And I will cooperate in the inquiry of it.

LEHRER: What's going on? If it's not true, that means somebody made this up. Is that -- is that -- is that...

CLINTON: Look. You know as much about this as I do right now. We'll just have to look into it and cooperate, and we'll see. But meanwhile, I've got to go on with the work of the country. I got hired to help the rest of the American people.