President Clinton faces another torrent of evidence: Grand jury transcripts from the Monica Lewinsky investigation, court materials from the Paula Jones case and perhaps the videotape of Clinton denying he had sexual relations with the former intern.
With Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report and Clinton's grand jury videotape now on the public record, Round 3 of evidence production on Capitol Hill will include thousands of pages of grand jury testimony from key witnesses like presidential secretary Betty Currie and Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan. The deluge of new material is expected sometime next week.And in Little Rock, Ark., U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright could decide as early as Friday how much to release of evidence that is still sealed in Jones' now-dismissed sexual harassment case against the president.
The judge last week turned over to the House Judiciary Committee a copy of Clinton's Jan. 17 videotaped testimony in which he told Jones' lawyers, under oath, "I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. I've never had an affair with her." The videotape could be among the items the committee releases next week.
Wright suggested Sept. 1 she may consider sanctions against Clinton for being less than forthcoming in that testimony about his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky.
Starr on Wednesday sketched out the scope of material that he sent to the House, telling Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., that "we have provided a copy of every document cited" in the voluminous referral of possible impeachable offenses Starr submitted to Congress on Sept. 11.
These include "grand jury transcripts, FBI interview memoranda, audio recordings, and handwritten and other statements," 18 boxes of material in all, Starr wrote.
The audio recordings apparently are the secretly recorded tapes that Linda Tripp made of her conversations with Lewinsky and four messages Clinton left on Lewinsky's answering machine.