Interim Starr Report A Possibility
Fight over Secret Service testimony could delay the probe
By Bob Franken/CNN
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 23) -- A source familiar with Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton believes there could be long delays caused by the fight over privilege for Secret Service agents.
The source confirmed to CNN it is "certainly a possibility" an interim report to Congress will be released by Starr before litigation over issues like Secret Service testimony, executive privilege and Monica Lewinsky's testimony have been resolved in the courts.
CNN has been told no final decision has been made.
Starr is looking into reports that Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, a former White House intern, and encouraged her to lie about it under oath. Clinton has denied both accusations.
As part of his investigation, Starr's team would like to hear what Secret Service personnel know of any contacts between the president and Lewinsky. But administration officials are concerned that compelling that testimony could damage the trust and confidence between the president and the people who protect him, indirectly threatening the president's security.