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Clinton: 'Mixed Feelings' On Jones Case Dismissal

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NEW YORK (AllPolitics, April 5) -- President Bill Clinton says he personally has mixed feelings about this week's dismissal of the lawsuit Paula Jones filed against him. But as president, he added, he believes it is better for the country that he is free of this particular legal problem.

The dismissal of the Jones case allows him to "feel now that I'm freer to keep doing what I'm supposed to be doing," he said in a wide-ranging Time Magazine interview that will be published this week. "It removes whatever obstacle this case would have been to my giving everything to this job for the next two years."

"The charges are not true," he added. "The judge ruled as a matter of law that case had no merit. And that exposed the raw political nature of this whole situation."

Jones had sued Clinton for sexual harassment, claiming that he exposed himself to her and propositioned her in an Arkansas hotel room in 1991, when she was an Arkansas state employee and Clinton was the state's governor. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright threw out the case on Wednesday for lack of grounds.

"If I were just a private citizen, Joe Six-Pack, I would have mixed feelings about not getting a chance to disprove these allegations in court," Clinton told Time managing editor Walter Isaacson, in a wide-ranging hour long interview aboard Air Force One, returning from Africa this past week.

"But I don't have mixed feelings as president, because having the case dismissed and putting this behind us is plainly in the best interest of the country," he said.

The president also discussed developments in a national tobacco company agreement and his plans for education funding.

On Sen. John McCain's compromise bill for tobacco, which would boost tobacco industry payments from $368.5 billion to $506 billion over 25 years, Clinton said, "While it doesn't go as far as we'd like in some areas, its a huge step in the right direction."

He also voiced worry that budget negotiations could cut into his plans for education funding next year. "I'm quite concerned about a series of votes in Congress -- on the Senate budget resolution and in the House education committee -- (whose) net impact could be to weaken our commitment to education," he said.

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