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Mike McCurry Reacts To Judge's Ruling

April 1, 1998

QUESTION: Wipe that smile off your face.

MCCURRY: Mr. Berger wanted to come back and tell you some more about our Africa trip and what a successful time the president's had here and how much he's enjoyed here. And as we have done a lot on this trip, if you have questions about this matter, you should call Mr. Kennedy at the White House legal counsel's office.

QUESTION: Are you telling me you're not going to tell us the president's reaction to the news from the court?

MCCURRY: The president's -- I can tell you the president got a message to call Mr. Bennett, his lawyer, which he did. He called him a little bit after 9 o'clock.

The president got the news from Mr. Bennett. He asked if it was, in fact, an April Fool's joke that Mr. Bennett was playing on him, and assured that it was not, the president thanked Mr. Bennett for his fine work, said he appreciated everything that the attorneys had done in this case. And obviously, the president was pleased that the judge agreed with the very detailed arguments that the president's attorneys have put forward in this case.

And I think he believes that the court's ruling speaks more eloquently than he could on the matter.

QUESTION: But he must be relieved by this, don't you think? Isn't he relieved?

MCCURRY: The president was pleased to hear the news.

QUESTION: How is his (OFF-MIKE) that so many other people were brought into this investigation...

(UNKNOWN): The president was pleased to hear...

MCCURRY: There will be lot said by many people on this. I've just told you what the president has to say.

QUESTION: Mike, how is Mrs. Clinton handling this right now?

MCCURRY: The president shared the news with the first lady after he got it from Mr. Bennett. And I think both of them are pleased to get the news and, at the moment, they're doing some shopping.

QUESTION: What do you think this does to Ken Starr's investigation?

MCCURRY: I'm not going to speculate on that.

I have no basis of information to speculate on that.

QUESTION: Is the president bitter about what happened?

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) political calculus that the president will be able to get things done (OFF-MIKE)?

MCCURRY: I'm not going to speculate on politics or anything else. We've done a lot of very hard work on Africa and the importance of building a new partnership with Africa on this trip. The president has been focused on that, and focused on that to the exclusion of other issues. And I think he's going to remain interested in building the kind of partnership with the countries that we've been here, continuing to build a relationship that's going to matter a lot more to the American people in the long run as we think ahead to the 21st century of what kind of country we want to live in and what kind of country we want to share our own work with, and that's the purpose of that trip.

QUESTION: Mike, (OFF-MIKE) bitter about, is he bitter about being dragged through the -- for three years now?

MCCURRY: I think the president is pleased to receive the vindication he's been waiting a long time for.

QUESTION: How surprised was the president by this decision?

MCCURRY: I don't know if I would characterize him as being surprised. I mean, there's been speculation that the judge would have some ruling on that motion. I don't think it was entirely expected, but it was welcome, nonetheless.

QUESTION: Mike, did the First Family call Chelsea in California?

MCCURRY: Not at this point, and I don't know whether they plan to or not. I think they plan to get some dinner.

QUESTION: What was the president doing when he got this news?

MCCURRY: He was on the telephone with Mr. Bennett.

(LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: Well, right before that.

MCCURRY: Right before that he was walking down the hallway to get on the phone with Mr. Bennett.

(LAUGHTER)

MCCURRY: Yes.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) legal bills in this case? What (OFF-MIKE)?

MCCURRY: We've reported what we have on that at a previous occasion. Anything else? Let's go to dinner.

QUESTION: Mike, will the president address this himself at any point?

MCCURRY: I don't anticipate him doing that. He's got a lot of work to do tomorrow to wrap up this trip, and we'll stay focused on the work of this trip.

QUESTION: Mike, (OFF-MIKE) of this magnitude, which has been affecting (OFF-MIKE)?

MCCURRY: A decision of this magnitude has been what's long awaited for and is -- the president's glad to get. I mean I don't know how it's going to affect the work we do. The president would have done the work that he's going to do regardless of what this decision was.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

MCCURRY: We have, you know, no way of knowing that. We've heard some of what the attorneys on the other side have said, but we have no way of predicting it.

QUESTION: Back on this. Does the president feel vindicated?

I mean, he has always denied this (OFF-MIKE).

MCCURRY: (OFF-MIKE) about three times already, and I've said he's felt vindicated.

QUESTION: Yes, I know, but, I mean, you really haven't addressed it.

MCCURRY: (OFF-MIKE) pleased to receive the vindication that he's long awaited for.

QUESTION: Does this change his mind about the news conference, Mike?

MCCURRY: No. Not unless you all have a lot of questions on Africa and the partnership we're building with Africa as we think ahead of this very important relationship the president has worked hard on in the last couple of days.

Does the president believe that this may have damaged him, notwithstanding the vindication from the judge simply by having this for three years in the public sphere (ph)?

MCCURRY: This has been a fact of life, and no doubt other matters will remain a fact of life for him. And he has done a very good job of staying very focused on the work that he believes the American people expect him to do. That's what he's doing on this trip. That's what he's doing when he will get home. And I think the president has shown extraordinary discipline in not letting these other issues distract him from the work that he was elected twice by the American people to do.

Scott?

QUESTION: Mike, the judge's ruling says that if the allegations are true, they do not amount to sexual harassment. Could you state again for the record whether the president says that these -- that Mrs. Jones' have merit or not?

MCCURRY: That question relates directly to the arguments that Mr. Bennett filed in numerous briefs before the court. And you can find the answer in the very eloquent pleadings that he filed. Yes sir?

QUESTION: Yes Mike, what are the high points (OFF-MIKE)?

MCCURRY: I think the major high points on this trip for Africa have been the sense of a new spirit of partnership in which the American people will engage with the people of Africa as we build a common destiny.

And I think most Americans will not lose sight of the fact that irrespective of what the news is back home, this president has worked hard to advance the economic interests of the American people and doing so in a way that will help the people of Africa realize their potential.

It's an extraordinary place. The president has been very struck by the energy and enthusiasm of the people and leaders of Africa, and I think he wants to build on that now as we build a new partnership with Africa.

QUESTION: Has the president, Mike, said anything about tactics that the Paula Jones lawyers used in the last few weeks?

MCCURRY: The president has said what I've reported to you, and that's about the last question I'm going to take.

Mr. Pilly (ph).

QUESTION: Mike, for the record, does the president deny Ms. Jones' allegations?

MCCURRY: That's been asked and answered so numerous times and addressed so eloquently in pleadings before the court, you don't need me to say that here.

Anything else? And we're done for the evening.

Yes.

QUESTION: Mike, you talked about what the president did, but can you tell us a little bit -- did he have a meeting with his aides? Did Bruce come in, Sosnik, you? What happened immediately after he got this news?

MCCURRY: He got on the phone to Bennett. He relayed the news to others here. I think that, I think it's fair to say that some people were surprised by that news, and the president shared it with the first lady and he's going on with his program for the balance of the evening.

QUESTION: Do you expect some kind of...

MCCURRY: I expect the president to do some good shopping of the very fine crafts that they have displayed for him up there and then have some dinner and then go to bed so that he can get up and do the work that he intends to do here in Africa tomorrow.

QUESTION: Were the president's aides surprised? Were you surprised (OFF-MIKE)?

MCCURRY: I'm not going to characterize reaction. I've given you the president's reaction. I think that's the significant thing, and I don't think there's anything to add beyond that.

QUESTION: Is the president...

MCCURRY: Let's finish this up.

QUESTION: Could we just ask...

MCCURRY: Yes.

QUESTION: Is the president asserting executive privilege in behalf of some of his aides...

MCCURRY: Asked and answered.

QUESTION: ... conversations with Mrs. Clinton?

MCCURRY: Asked and answered.

QUESTION: When was it answered?

MCCURRY: Asked and answered. It's been...

QUESTION: When?

MCCURRY: ... addressed back home numerous times.

QUESTION: But what about you? You're his spokesperson.

MCCURRY: You've asked me and I've already answered that question.

QUESTION: By saying nothing.

MCCURRY: Anything else?

QUESTION: Mike...

MCCURRY: OK, yes, Peter.

QUESTION: What exactly did the president say as he related this news to you and the other people on the staff?

MCCURRY: He said, as I indicated, that he thought at first it was an April Fool's joke.

OK.

QUESTION: Can you further characterize his demeanor as he spoke to you?

MCCURRY: He just wanted to know more about it, and wanted to talk to Mr. Bennett about it, and then wanted to share the news with the first lady.

OK? That's about all I want to do on this subject. And we'll get back to Africa tomorrow. I know you all want to get back to the stories you are doing for tomorrow on our trip here in Africa, which we are -- here in Africa, not back in Washington.

QUESTION: Interview for sale.

(LAUGHTER)

MCCURRY: And there's not -- I don't believe there's anything further that Mr. Kennedy -- if there's anything further to say about any legal aspect of this, Jim Kennedy from the White House Legal Counsel's Office would the place to go.

I don't intend to do anything more on that here.

QUESTION: Mike, is the president staying (OFF-MIKE)?

MCCURRY: Yes, he will stay here. That is my understanding. Yes?

QUESTION: Is there some sort of frustration from the president about the coverage of..?

MCCURRY: No, absolutely not. It's been spectacular. It's been great. He has several times told me that he's been somewhat surprised at how much you all have been able to report on this and get good placement and good air time for the story. And he feels that's important, because one of his goals on this trip was to introduce America to the potential and possibility that is Africa today, and will be Africa in the 21st century.

And the coverage has been great. And he's loved the pictures of him and elephants. And he thanks all of you. And I think you all deserve a night out on the town. And why don't we all go to dinner, which is what we should be doing anyhow. All right, anybody got anything else before we end this?

Thank you and good evening.

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