Lewinsky Completes Second Day Of Testimony
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Aug. 20) -- Still stinging, sources say, from the way President Bill Clinton described his relationship with her, Monica Lewinsky completed a second day of testimony Thursday before the grand jury investigating whether Clinton lied under oath about their relationship or encouraged anyone else to do so.
Lewinsky did not talk to reporters as she left the federal courthouse, but her spokeswoman, Judy Smith, later announced Lewinsky's legal team believes she has finished her testimony before Independent Counsel Ken Starr's grand jury.
"She will, of course, as necessary ... continue to work with the Office of the Independent Counsel, as needed," Smith said. "Miss Lewinsky is really looking forward to beginning the process of rebuilding her life."
As Lewinsky was leaving the courthouse, national attention turned from the presidential sex scandal to Clinton's emergency announcement of a U.S. military attack on "terrorist-related facilities" in Afghanistan and Sudan.
Although Clinton said the strikes were in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, some members of Congress, including Republican senators Dan Coats and Arlen Specter, suggested the attack could appear to be designed to divert attention from Clinton's personal problems.
National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry adamantly denied those allegations.
Lewinsky was recalled by Starr's team after the president finished testifying Monday. Prosecutors have gone over Clinton's testimony line by line and wanted 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.
|Monica Lewinsky arrives at the federal courthouse Thursday for her second day of testimony before the grand jury.|| |
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 answered 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.
Reno continues to support Clinton
Attorney General Janet Reno indicated Thursday she still has confidence in Clinton, despite his admissions about Lewinsky.
"In all my dealings with the president, he has been to me a person dedicated to the issues of government, trying to figure out what the proper course for the American people are on issues of terrorism, all the issues that we have dealt with in the Department of Justice, and I think it's important that we continue to address those issues," Reno said, when asked whether as a cabinet member she still had confidence in the president.
Pressed whether she still had confidence in the
president to lead his administration, Reno said, "Yes."
The attorney general said she watched the president's public admission Monday of a relationship with Lewinsky that was "wrong," but she would not comment on it.
Asked if she considered resigning, she indicated she had not.
In January, Reno approved Starr's request to expand his Whitewater inquiry to include the Lewinsky matter. Reno submitted the request to a panel of three federal judges, who approved the investigation.