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What's in Starr's Files?

The prosecutor's dossier includes seven months of witnesses and hours of tape. And then there's the dress

Lewinsky's Circle

(TIME August 10) -- Marcia Lewis Lewinsky's mother shared her Watergate apartment with her daughter, and is her most trusted friend. Investigators have evidence that Lewis encouraged Lewinsky to lie to Paula Jones' attorneys about her involvement with the President. When Monica told her mother that Linda Tripp planned to fake an ankle injury to avoid a subpoena in the Jones case, Lewis called the ruse "brilliant." Lewis also kept Monica's blue dress--the one that may be stained with Clinton's semen--from Jones' lawyers. Starr's team grilled Lewis in grand jury hearings, but they were halted after Lewis nearly suffered a breakdown. Starr granted Lewis full immunity in exchange for delivery of the suspect dress.

Dale Young A Scarsdale, N.Y., businesswoman and friend to both Lewis and Lewinsky, she told the grand jury and later Newsweek that during a hike through the Catskills on Memorial Day weekend in 1996, Lewinsky divulged that while she and the President shared bouts of "intimate touching" near the Oval Office and some heated late-night phone calls, as a rule they stopped short of sexual climax. It was Clinton's preference. "It was basically like foreplay," Young concluded. "Nothing was ever taken to completion." The President "felt it really wasn't oral sex if it wasn't completed."

Neysa Erbland A friend of Lewinsky's from Beverly Hills High School, Erbland reportedly testified to the grand jury in February that Lewinsky told her that she had oral sex with the President.

Ashley Raines The White House aide told Starr's investigators that she heard messages from Clinton on Lewinsky's answering machine, according to Newsweek; she also said Lewinsky told her of a sexual relationship with him.

Clinton's Circle

Vernon Jordan The Washington insider says that when he was brought in to help Lewinsky find a job last December, he wasn't informed of tryst allegations until weeks after she was called as a possible witness in the Jones case. Still, over the course of a month Jordan secured interviews for her in New York City, where she ultimately nabbed a p.r. job offer from Revlon (later rescinded). At one point Jordan said he asked Clinton whether the allegations were true; Clinton said no. Jordan told the press that he gave Clinton regular updates about the job search's progress. Jordan's job search on Lewinsky's behalf echoed one he conducted for former Justice Department official Webster Hubbell in 1994.

Bruce Lindsey Investigators want to know of any role he may have played in covering up knowledge of the Lewinsky matter. According to news accounts, he interviewed numerous prospective witnesses before their appearances in front of Starr's grand jury.

Betty Currie After Lewinsky left the White House, Currie gave her clearance to enter on many of her 37 visits; Lewinsky often passed gifts and notes to the President through Currie. Last Dec. 28, Currie cleared her into the White House, where she reportedly met with Clinton about her subpoena in the Jones case. The secretary later retrieved presents the President had given Lewinsky; she kept them for weeks before turning them over to Starr. According to the New York Times, Currie told investigators that in January, Clinton talked her through his account of the relationship, saying, "We were never alone, right?" But Currie has reportedly told the grand jury that she recalled Clinton and Lewinsky sometimes meeting by themselves.

Sidney Blumenthal The Clinton political adviser appeared before the grand jury in February and June. On his second trip, according to Blumenthal, Starr's lawyers asked him, "Does the President's religion include sexual intercourse?" and "Does the President believe that oral sex is sex?"

Linda Tripp

Linda Tripp She launched the saga in September 1997 by taping phone calls with Lewinsky. In January she wore a wire while she sipped tea with Lewinsky as part of Starr's sting. She was his most willing witness, but her value to Starr has been diminished by disclosures about her past and Lewinsky's willingness to testify.

The Tapes More than 20 hours of Tripp-Lewinsky chats are in Starr's hands. In them Lewinsky reportedly jokes about someday becoming "Special Assistant to the President for b___ j___." Yet in the tapes such coy remarks seem to be as close as she gets to describing the precise nature of her physical contact with Clinton. She also says she is used to lying, and the tapes themselves don't distinguish fact from fantasy.

Physical Evidence

The Dress It reappeared last week and could prove troublesome for the President if his DNA is on it.

The Talking Points The memo was once felt to be evidence of White House witness tampering. Lewinsky is said to claim it was her own work.

Delivery Slips They show receipt of Lewinsky gifts at the White House.

The Books Lewinsky bought the steamy Vox; Clinton reportedly gave Whitman's Leaves.

The T Shirt, Hatpin And Brooch Lewinsky has reportedly said that Clinton told her, "if you don't have them you can't turn them over."

The Hard Drive Lewinsky sent frequent e-mails that may provide details of the relationship.

The Answering-Machine Tapes Witnesses say they heard messages from the Prez.

The Wave Records Who cleared her into the White House--and how often?

White House Staff

Lewis Fox A reporter overheard Fox reminiscing in a restaurant about his days as a Secret Service agent in the Clinton White House. Next stop: Starr's grand jury, which got an earful. In his testimony, recounted later in U.S. News & World Report, Fox, now retired, said Lewinsky had arrived one weekend day in 1995 to see Clinton. "Close the door. She'll be in here for a while," Clinton said, according to Fox. The agent said he was certain the two were alone for the next 40 minutes or so because other entrances to the office were locked.

Harold Ickes An unidentified Secret Service agent reportedly testified that he and Ickes, now an informal adviser to the President, once saw Lewinsky and Clinton alone. Ickes has denied the story, and Starr appears to have learned little from the other active agents who testified.

Bayani Nelvis In February the Wall Street Journal retracted an online story that the White House steward had testified he had seen Clinton and Lewinsky alone. But the paper let stand a report that Nelvis had found soiled tissues after she left one day. Nelvis' lawyer, however, said he gave no testimony about tissues.

In TIME This Week

Cover Date: August 10, 1998

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"It May Blow Up On You"
The Democrat Who Would Pursue Clinton
What's in Starr's Files?
Clinton's Options
Magaret Carlson: With Women Like These...
The Art of Presidential Prevarication
Breakdown On The Road To History
The Notebook: No Monica Tell All?
The Hunt For Karadzic
Viewpoint: Says He's Nobody's "Slave"

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Tick, Tock, Tick... ...Talk

"It May Blow Up On You"

The Democrat Who Would Pursue Clinton

Clinton's Options

Magaret Carlson: With Women Like These...

The Art of Presidential Prevarication

Breakdown On The Road To History

The Notebook: No Monica Tell All?


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