With Paula Jones' lawsuit gone and the grand jury pressing ahead, Monica Lewinsky's lawyer Friday made a public plea for Whitewater prosecutors to end their criminal investigation. "The American people want this matter to end," William Ginsburg said.
Seeking to capitalize on the dramatic dismissal earlier this week of Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit, Ginsburg said that Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr needs to consider the will of the country along with the facts and law.To make his point, he scoffed at Starr's allusion at a news conference Thursday to the fictional detective Joe Friday, played by actor Jack Webb, in the 1960s television show Dragnet.
"Mr. Starr, Jack Webb cared about not `only the facts ma'am,' but he also cared about the will of the people he was serving," Gins-burg said. "Mr. Starr, have you no shame? Facts and law are always subordinated to the will of the American people."
Starr has said the Jones matter won't affect his criminal investigation. But the White House plans to step up its attacks of his probe. And Republicans, who would decide whether to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Clinton, paid deference to the magnitude of the Jones ruling.
"Unless there is an open-and-shut case, the kind which would result in a resignation, as happened with President Nixon, I do not think there ought be an impeachment proceeding," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
In an unrelated development, White House aide Marsha Scott was told last summer by Lewinsky that she did not have a sexual relationship with the president, according to an individual familiar with the account of Scott. Scott is a recent grand jury witness. USA Today first reported what Lewinsky had told Scott.