A comparison of what the Starr report and the White House say about key allegations in the Monica Lewinsky investigation:

Whether President Clinton lied under oath

Starr: Clinton "lied under oath" both during his Aug. 17 grand jury testimony and during his Jan. 17 sworn testimony in the Paula Lones sexual harassment lawsuit when Clinton denied that he'd had sexual relations with Lewinsky.

Clinton: The president was asked if he'd had sexual relations and uderstoon the question to mean sexual intercourse, which he denies haveing had with Lewinsky. The White house said, "The president was not asked any specific questions at all about his physical contact with Ms. Lewinsky, and in particular, he was not pointedly asked whether he had engaged in any of the conduct outside the definition (of sexual relations) provided" by the court.

Whether Clinton had sex with Lewinsky

Starr: FBI tests almost indisputably determined that semen found on one of Lewinsky's dresses came from Clinton.

Clinton: Acknowledges and "inappropriate relationship" with Ms. Lewinsky. "In the face of the president's admission of his relationship, the disclosure of lurid and salacious allegations can only be intended to humiliate the president and force him from office," the White House says.

Whether Clinton tried to thwart Starr's investigation


Starr: "The president has pursued a strategy of deceiving the American people and Congress since January 1998, delaying and inpeding the criminal investigation for seven months and deceiving the American people and Congress in August 1998."

One example is that Clinton gave inaccurate versions of the Lewinsky matter to aides, "knowing they woulkd repeat those lies before a grand jury."

Clinton: "There was no witness tampering." The White house engaged in "open and lawful" efforts to help staff obtain lawyers, to speak with witnesses and their lawyers and to provide advice on the ramifications of the investigation.

Whether Clinton asked Lewinskyor his personal secretary, Betty Currie, to retrieve gifts he had given Lewinsky.

Starr: Clinton "attempted to obstruct justice by facilitating a witness's plan to refuse to to comply with a subpoena," referring to the subpoena issued to. Lewinsky to return any gifts given to her by Clinton.

Clinton: "The president admitted giving and receiving gifts from Ms. Lewinsky when asked about it. . . . He did not ever suggest that gifts from him should be disposed of, and he did not ever ask or instruct Ms. Currie to pick up the gifts from Ms. Lewinsky."

Whether Clinton tired to influence Lewinsky's or Mrs. Currie's testimony.

Starr: Clinton summoned Currie to the Oval Office the day after his testimony in the Paula Jones case in order to try to influence Currie as a potential witness.

Clinton: There was no witness tampering, and Currie was not, at the time, scheduled to be a witness in the Paula Jones case.