Monica Lewinsky's lawyer said Sunday that efforts by a confidant of President Clinton to find her a job were not tied to any agreement about Lewinsky's testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
Attorney William Ginsburg also said Lewinsky's first meeting with Clinton friend Vernon Jordan was on or about Nov. 5 and "preceded any notice that she was on any witness list, or any subpoena" in the Jones case.The comments put Ginsburg at odds with reports that Clinton's secretary Betty Currie asked Jordan on Dec. 8 to help Lewinsky find a job. That date was three days after Jones' lawyers disclosed that they wanted to question her about whether she had had a sexual relationship with Clinton.
Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr is investigating whether Jordan and Clinton conspired to cover up the president's alleged affair with Lewinsky, or encouraged her to give false testimony in the Jones lawsuit.
Ginsburg, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," said Lewinsky had not yet been subpoenaed in the Jones case when she first talked with Jordan, and he therefore believed the White House did not know then that Jones's lawyers wanted to talk to Lewinsky.
Ginsburg said there was no "quid pro quo" in which Lewinsky would offer certain testimony in return for Jordan's help in finding a job. "Unequivocally no," Ginsburg said.