First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton says "prejudice against our state" is driving much of the investigation into her husband.

The president is scheduled to testify via closed-circuit television next week to a grand jury investigating his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Asked in an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette telephone interview Monday about how things were at the White House amid the investigation, Hillary Clinton said, "It's just more of the same.

"I think a lot of this is prejudice against our state. They wouldn't do this if we were from some other state," she said.

She previously had called an investigation directed by Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." In denying any organized effort to attack the president, a former lawyer for Paula Jones retorted that attacks on Clinton critics were part of "a West Wing conspiracy."

Meanwhile, presidential friend Harry Thomason appeared Tuesday before the grand jury that quizzed Lewinsky Thursday.

A source familiar with the case said Monday that Starr's prosecutors were seeking information on what Clinton might have confided to those close to him about his relationship with the former White House intern.

And dueling political analysts Mary Matalin and James Carville say they do not think anything will come of Starr's probe.

Carville, the chief political strategist for President Clinton's 1992 campaign, called the Lewinsky case "a nickel-and-dime sex investigation."

"It's not about a nickel-and-dime sex thing," said Matalin. But she said Congress likely will do nothing with Starr's report.