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Court documents shed light on legal fights in Lewinsky case

By Ted Barrett/CNN

WASHINGTON (December 4) -- Documents relating to the Monica Lewinsky investigation, obtained by CNN Thursday, chronicle the legal battle Lewinsky's first attorney, Francis Carter, led against a grand jury subpoena that forced him to testify about his former client.

The court papers, first unsealed Tuesday, also outline the vigorous defense that Independent Counsel Ken Starr mounted against allegations that his investigators used hardball tactics against Lewinsky when they first confronted her.

Carter  

The documents do not contain any groundbreaking headlines on the scandal, but they do shed light on the legal maneuvering that took place in the early stages of the investigation. About 1,000 pages in all, they include legal motions filed by Carter, Lewinsky, Starr and others, with corresponding opinions and orders from Chief District Court Judge Norma Holloway Johnson and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Carter, Lewinsky's attorney in the Paula Jones suit, was subpoenaed by Starr to testify before a grand jury about Lewinsky's now infamous affidavit in which she denied having a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. Carter helped to prepare that affidavit.

In his motions fighting the subpoena, Carter accused Starr of preventing Lewinsky from contacting him after Starr's investigators confronted her at a hotel about her alleged relationship with the president.

The unsealed court papers reveal that Starr provided the court with several affidavits countering Lewinsky's recollection of events at the Pentagon City, Virginia, Ritz-Carlton.

Those affidavits prompted Johnson to rescind a decision to ask the Justice Department to investigate Carter's allegations of hardball prosecutorial tactics.

Last month, under tough questioning from Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee, Starr defended his staff's actions, telling the committee Johnson had approved their methods.


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