Lewinsky Reacts With Elation, Fear To Jones Dismissal
Ex-intern escapes temporarily to Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AllPolitics, April 6) -- Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky reacted with elation, depression and fear to news that Paula Jones' sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton had been dismissed, her attorney said Monday.
Attorney Bill Ginsburg said Lewinsky's first reaction was elation, that "maybe the walls of Jericho are falling." Her second reaction was
depression because she felt the dismissal of the Jones case might "deflect attention back to me," he said.
The third reaction was fear, Ginsburg said, because of the uncertainty of what Independent Counsel Ken Starr might do. Starr is looking into reports that Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and encouraged her to lie about it under oath. Clinton has denied both accusations.
Ginsburg made his comments at a meeting with reporters prior to a speech before the local bar association Monday. Lewinsky accompanied Ginsburg Sunday to Philadelphia, where Ginsburg said
he grew up. They visited Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
Ginsburg said Lewinsky has to be very careful about who she communicates with and has a limited social life because of Starr's investigation. "She's entitled to some freedom. I love her, she loves me in a family sense," Ginsburg said.
He said Lewinsky has to "maintain some sense of humanity and balance."
Asked about her future, Ginsburg said, "The short run, I don't think it is pretty for Monica, but Monica is a pegged figure." He said he had
counseled her and had even suggested that she become an attorney.
Ginsburg reacted with contempt to publicist Lucianne Goldberg's statement over the weekend that Lewinsky had betrayed her friend, Linda Tripp.
"I get sick and heartsick ... when I see people whose sole task is to embarrass the president since they don't care whose face they step on," he said, referring to Tripp and Goldberg. "As far as I'm concerned, they are the real criminals."
Part of Starr's investigation is based on audio tapes that Tripp made of conversations she had with Lewinsky.
Playing tourist in Philadelphia
On Sunday, Lewinsky and Ginsburg joined Philadelphia's Greek Independence Day Parade, followed by parade watchers to the tourist sights.
The pair drove from Washington to Philadelphia, followed by several
carloads of reporters and photographers.
Visitors in the tour line expressed contempt for the news media following Ginsburg and Lewinsky, but Ginsburg came to the media's defense.
"This country is based on freedom, and freedom of the press is a cherished right," he said.
Lewinsky did express some of her unhappiness with the media.
"How can you stand all these people?" a tourist asked as she left the Liberty Bell Pavilion.
"I can't," Lewinsky responded. Nevertheless, Lewinsky readily posed for photographs with tourists.
CNN's Mike Ahlers contributed to this report.