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 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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 Text Of Chief Justice Rehnquist's Order Denying Secret Service Stay (7-17-98)

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 A Chronology: Key Moments In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

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Bipartisan Effort Underway To Create Secret Service Privilege

By Frank Sesno and Wolf Blitzer/CNN

Hatch
Sen. Orrin Hatch

WASHINGTON (July 28) --Two key senators are crafting legislation to create a new "protective function privilege" to shield Secret Service agents from having to testify unless there is specific criminal activity, CNN has learned.

According to two sources on Capitol Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the committee, have met to discuss the bill, which they hope to submit jointly before the August recess.

The protective function it would extend to the Secret Service would be similar to attorney-client privilege.

Leahy
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Details of the bill are still being worked out, officials say, and in any case the bill would not provide any relief or protection for agents who have already been called to testify before the grand jury looking into the Monica Lewinsky matter.

The Secret Service has received a copy of the draft bill and is playing an informal role in shaping it. Sources tell CNN the Secret Service would welcome the legislation.

Earlier this month, the courts refused to recognize a Secret Service privilege. In the ruling the court said the proper way to extend such protection would be through the legislative branch.

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