House Democrats are drafting a proposal that could end any impeachment inquiry around Thanksgiving and provide an option for censuring President Clinton, several Democratic officials report.
Democrats planned to announce their proposal - a measure highly unlikely to make it past the majority Republicans - today, even as the House Judiciary Committee was making public a second batch of materials from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.Among the documents were transcripts of Linda Tripp's taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky and grand jury testimony of presidential secretary Betty Curry and Clinton friend Vernon Jordan.
In a partial transcript of a Tripp recording read to The Associated Press on Thursday, Lewinsky said other people had told her that in regard to an affair with Clinton, "It doesn't matter what anybody says; you just deny it."
Lewinsky said she was being urged to be untruthful in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against the president and told Tripp, "I would write you a check" if she also would be untruthful.
"I would be indebted to you for life. I would write you a check for the entire portion" of a condominium "I own in Australia," Lewinsky told her friend.
In another development Thursday, legal sources said lawyers for Clinton and Paula Jones were moving closer to a deal to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit.
The legal sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to provide figures being discussed. A week ago, Jones' lawyers were seeking about $1 million while Clinton's lawyer, Robert Bennett, was offering $500,000. Jones has dropped her demand for an apology, sources have said.
The Washington Post in Friday's editions quoted sources as saying Clinton's lawyers had increased the settlement offer to $700,000 but that Jones' lawyers still were seeking $1 million.