Lewinsky Back Before The Grand Jury
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Aug. 20) -- Still stinging, sources say, from the way President Bill Clinton described his relationship with her, Monica Lewinsky arrived back before the grand jury Thursday to continue her testimony about whether Clinton lied under oath about their relationship or encouraged anyone else to do so.
Monica Lewinsky arrives at the federal courthouse Thursday for her second day of testimony before the grand jury.
Lewinsky was recalled by Independent Counsel Ken Starr's team after the president finished testifying Monday. Prosecutors have gone over Clinton's testimony line by line and want to explore gaps and contradictions in the sworn accounts of the president and the former White House intern, sources say.
While no final decision has been made, it is "possible" that the president's secretary Betty Currie, presidential friend Vernon Jordan and former Lewinsky friend Linda Tripp also could be recalled as witnesses before the grand jury, one source says.
The Office of the Independent Counsel has also requested and received a DNA sample from the president, CNN learned Wednesday.
Starr receives samples of Clinton's DNA
The FBI had been testing a stain on a blue dress that Lewinsky turned over to prosecutors. Lewinsky claims the stain contains physical evidence of a sexual encounter with the president.
That dress is in the possession of the FBI crime lab.
Starr is believed to have requested the sample from the Bethesda Naval
Hospital outside Washington. The hospital stores a supply of the president's blood, in case of emergency. The White House and the president's private attorneys did not oppose Starr's request.
Clinton was asked about the now famous blue dress during his grand jury testimony Monday but the president was not given any information about FBI test results, a source told CNN.
White House officials say the whole issue of the dress is now moot since the president has acknowledged engaging in certain sexual activities with Lewinsky.
During his testimony, sources said, the president acknowledged Lewinsky
performed oral sex on him but he refused to answer other graphic questions
about their sexual encounters.
Lewinsky hurt by the president's public comments
As Lewinsky returns to answers more questions for Starr, her emotional state may have changed since her last appearance.
Sources say Lewinsky is hurt that the president has not apologized to her or her family, that the president's comments have revealed no feeling about her, and finally, that the most intimate private parts of her life have been made public, sources tell CNN.
Lewinsky was called back "not only to follow up on questions that the president
did and did not answer, but also because there are areas of her testimony that
were incomplete," says a source familiar with testimony of both Lewinsky and Clinton.
The source went on to say that the president's appearance made some of
those incomplete areas "more worthwhile."
"He was asked a series of questions," said the source, "about the dress,
the exact nature of his relationship with Lewinsky, the gifts," and also, "about Kathleen Willey." Willey is the ex-White House volunteer who accused Clinton of groping her.
These questions were often met, the source said, with responses that were "hostile and defiant."
In addition, according to the source, the president was, "surprised and
hostile" when asked about "a matter that was not public." The details of that matter were not disclosed.
Another source familiar with conversations Starr had with members of his
staff following the president's testimony, described Starr as "unhappy" with the Clinton's description of his relationship with Lewinsky as "not appropriate."
Although both Clinton and Lewinsky have now admitted a sexual relationship, Starr continues to investigate whether Clinton broke the law in his Paula Jones deposition when he denied a sexual relationship with Lewinsky. In that deposition, "sexual relationship" was defined very specifically by Judge Susan Webber Wright.
Clinton continues to deny all legal wrongdoing. Lewinsky has recieved full immunity from Starr in exchanged for her testimony.