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Clinton attorneys raise settlement offer in Jones suit

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 2) -- President Bill Clinton's attorneys have increased his offer to settle Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit to $700,000, sources told CNN.

The president originally offered $500,000. Jones' lawyers are seeking $1 million.


Jones previously insisted that an apology from Clinton was necessary for her to drop the case. But her attorneys are now saying that a settlement is tantamount to an admission of guilt, a claim that reportedly has angered Clinton.

The president's attorneys said they want to settle the Jones matter so they can focus on fending off an impeachment inquiry in Congress.

To increase pressure for a settlement, Jones lawyers reportedly plan to file a motion seeking contempt-of-court sanctions against the president for giving misleading testimony. Sources told CNN the motion could be filed as early as Friday.

Federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed the Jones lawsuit in April, but Jones appealed and a three-judge panel in St. Paul, Minnesota is scheduled to begin hearing arguments later this month on whether the case should be reinstated.

Wright, in a recent ruling, made it clear she was considering some sanction against the president.

Jones accused Clinton of making an improper sexual advance in a hotel room while he was governor of Arkansas. Clinton has denied the allegation.

Correspondent Bob Franken contributed to this report.


Friday, October 2, 1998

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