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 Lewinsky Meets With Independent Counsel's Office (07-27-98)

 Starr Subpoenas Clinton To Appear Before Grand Jury (07-25-98)

 Lead Secret Service Agent Testifies (07-23-98)

 Starr Appeals Judge's Sanctions Over Leaks (07-21-98)

 Secret Service Agents Give Grand Jury Testimony (07-17-98)

 Justice Appeals Secret Service Dispute To Supreme Court (07-16-98)

 Starr, Justice Face Off Over New Secret Service Subpoenas (07-15-98)

 Secret Service Must Testify, Appeals Court Rules (07-07-98)

 Day Two Of Tripp Grand Jury Testimony (07-02-98)

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 A Chronology: Key Moments In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

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Starr Subpoenas Clinton To Appear Before Grand Jury

President Clinton

But talks continue on deal to sidestep court appearance

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 25) -- Independent Counsel Ken Starr has issued a subpoena demanding that President Bill Clinton testify before grand jurors investigating the Monica Lewinsky case.

However, while two sources close to the president confirm to CNN that the subpoena has been issued, it remains unclear whether it has been formally served on Clinton.

And sources familiar with the White House legal strategy tell CNN that the president's lawyers are still trying to broker a deal under which Clinton would answer questions about his relationship with Lewinsky under oath -- but not in person before the grand jury.

After turning down at least four requests by Starr for Clinton's testimony, the White House reversed course on Friday and announced that the president's attorneys were negotiating with Starr over the terms under which Clinton would answer questions.

A sitting president has never before been forced to appear before a grand jury to answer questions in conjunction with an investigation in which he is a possible target.

While some legal experts and Clinton supporters maintain that Starr cannot legally subpoena the president, refusing to testify would spark a court fight -- and possibly a full-fledged constitutional crisis.

Ken Starr

Under federal rules, if Clinton testified via a sworn deposition or on videotape, his attorneys could be present and breaks could be called during testimony so that he could confer with them. But if he appears before a grand jury, his lawyers would not be allowed into the room with him.

However, Starr, by coming to an agreement with Clinton that stops short of grand jury testimony, could avoid a lengthy court fight that would further delay his probe.

Starr and the grand jury are investigating allegations that Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, that they lied about it under oath and that there may have been attempts to get others to lie about their relationship as part of a cover-up.

Both Clinton and Lewinksy have denied, under oath, that they had sex with each other, and Clinton has denied that he asked anyone to lie.

CNN's John King and Wolf Blitzer contributed to this report.
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