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    Sexual allegations deepen
Former intern will
tell all for immunity
WASHINGTON (AP) - Anxious to cut a deal for immuni
ty, the lawyer for Monica Lewinsky said Sunday his 24-year
old client “will tell all that she knows” to Whitewater prosecu
“The chips will fall as they may,” he said.
Attorney William Ginsburg said he has told investigators
what Lewinsky will tell them in exchange for immunity from
“I will remain in Washington as long as it takes to see that
the truth in every detail, wherever it may fall, comes out,”
Ginsburg said. Negotiations of such a sensitive nature could
take weeks.
President Clinton talked this weekend with heavyweight
advisers brought back to Washington to help him through the
crisis brought on by the allegations of a sexual relationship
with Lewinsky and attempts at a cover-up. One of them, one
time Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, said his help was
legal in nature.
“I have my legal hat on, not my political hat,” he said.
In the first hint of an eyewitness, ABC reported that the
president and Lewinsky were caught in an intimate encounter
in a private area of the White House in the spring of 1996,
shortly before the White House intern was moved to a job at the
Pentagon. ABC cited several unidentified sources for its infor
The office of prosecutor Kenneth Starr declined comment
on the ABC report. If true, such a witness would provide
important corroborating evidence for Lewinsky’s account if
she reverses her current denial of an affair with the president.
In secretly recorded conversations, Lewinsky had said she
believed “nobody saw anything happen between us.”
Ginsburg said the ABC report, if true, will take some of the
v pressure offhis dient by making her .testimony less important,
i Such a development would let Sta?r expend his “bullets, on
L Jn-a«wiurlwin<LoT appearances on ABO, NBC- and Gfi-S
Ginsburg went out of his way to praise Starr and his staff, call
ing them “excellent people” with whom talks have been cor
“I don’t approve of some of their tactics,” but “I have noth
ing but the highest praise for their professionalism and their
attitude,” Ginsburg said.
“We are dying to tell the story, but we cannot. We are frozen
in place” until his client gets total immunity, Ginsburg said.
Lewinsky has denied having a sexual relationship with Clinton
in an affidavit in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit.
Lewinsky’s lawyer said it would be unwise for the White
House or Clinton’s personal lawyers to attack the former White
House intern as unstable because she was aided over a long
period of time by people around the president.
“How could they have helped her get jobs, including with
responsible companies, large companies, if she was so unsta
ble?” Ginsburg said.
Clinton’s advisers
say Lewinsky was
only a close friend
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton
has retreated into a small circle of advisers as
he ponders how to characterize his relation
ship with a 24-year-old former intern.
Faced with evidence of her visits to the
White House inner sanctums and gifts he
gave her, Clinton is not denying a friendship
with Monica Lewinsky but is insisting the
relationship wasn’t sexual.
Several White House aides wondered if
the president could keep up his denials.
Senior administration officials and long
time Clinton friends said the president was
shocked and depressed in the first hours of
controversy but has bounced back.
“One thing isn’t going on and that’s dis
cussions about any resignation,” said Rahm
Emanuel, a top White House adviser.
Recognizing his legal risks are higher
than political perils, Clinton has limited
scandal discussions to a small group of
lawyers, consisting of his private attorneys,
including David Kendall and former admin
istration heavyweights Mickey Kantor and
Harold Ickes. Longtime confidant Bruce
Lindsey, and to a lesser extent, White House
counsel Charles Ruff, are also part of the
inner circle.
Harry Thomason, a Hollywood producer,
will help Clinton explain his actions. The key
question is how Clinton will describe his
felatioflship with, Lewinsky.
Officials say he firmly denies participat
ing Tn any sex act with Lewinsky. He won’t
deny a relationship, they said, not with evi
dence that Lewinsky visited the Oval Office
area frequently and received gifts from
“It was a relationship,” said one Clinton
associate. “It was sexually innocent.”
None of the officials with direct knowl
edge of Clinton’s decisions would predict
how he would frame the relationship. Senior
officials said Clinton probably would say he
was friendly with Lewinsky and she may
have misunderstood the close bond.
Clinton does not plan to address the rela
tionship issue until after his State of the
Union address Tuesday. Talk of postponing
the speech was rejected.
would gain
extra money
VOLUNTEER from page 1
percent of those who volunteered
themselves, began as youths. A
stronger volunteer service commis
sion could stimulate greater volun
teerism in Nebraska, he said.
No opponents testified, but some
committee members expressed con
cerns about the legislation.
Sen. Floyd Vrtiska ofTable Rock
questioned the effectiveness of state
commissions in general. While
some have been successful, others
have faded because of a lack of orga
Sen. Ramon Janssen of
Nickerson also worried about the
staying power of the commission in
the face of spending cuts. Congress
has criticized President Clinton’s
AmeriCorps program, and if the
program was eliminated, the struc
ture of the Nebraska Volunteer
Service Commission would have to
be changed dramatically.
Landscaper to leave NU
for new horticulture job
TODD from pagel
“It’s time to return to that”
Bud Dasenbrock, the recently
retired director of UNL landscape
services, was hired with Todd
about 20 years ago.
He said Todd’s willingness to
try new things, along with her
knowledge about plants, enhanced
campus aesthetically and educa
Chancellor James Moeser tried
to get her to stay, but her mind was
“He tried,” Todd said. “And he
Moeser said in a statement he
was “keenly disappointed” in
Todd’s decision to leave and that
he did everything possible to dis
suade her.
“Her unique combination of
abilities has allowed us to combine
in one person three very disparate
functions: campus planning; rela
tions with the legislature, regents,
I love this university,
but one of myfirst
loves is working
with plants.”
Kim Tom)
UNL landscape architect
the city and alumni and friends of
the university; and a personal
adviser and counselor to the chan
cellor,” Moeser said.
Nothing the university could
offer her would convince her to
stay, Todd said.
“Mine is not a profession you
can drop, out of and re-enter easi
ly,” she said. “1 need to be a land
scape architect before 1 foiget how,
or before people forget that I am
Officials SAV fiPirndfll
won’t af
House and congressional officials
insisted Sunday that the sex scandal
engulfing President Clinton won’t
hamper U.S. decisions on the
weapons standoff with Iraq - includ
ing whether to mount a military
“I don’t think anyone overseas
should presume that this president
wouldn’t have the capacity to act with
Republican support,” Sen. John
Ashcroft, R-Mo., a member of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
At Clinton’s direction, national
security advisers were consulting
with allies and other nations on the
prospect of a military strike to take
out sites where Saddam Hussein is
suspected of hiding potential biologi
cal and chemical weapons.
After a Saturday meeting,
Clinton’s key aides reached consen
sus that U.N. weapons inspections
cannot be carried out effectively
because of Iraq’s defiant resistance
and were considering using force to
end die standoff.
■ National security spokesman Eric
Rubin would not reveal whether the
White House would try a last round
of diplomacy before ordering a mili
tary strike.
“All options remain on the table,”
Rubin said Sunday. “We have not
ruled anything out”
A White House official, speaking
on condition of anonymity, said
Clinton advisers were “drifting
toward use of force” but action is not
Last week, Iraqi newspapers
printed a statement from President
Saddam Hussein’s Cabinet suggest
ing Clinton may bomb Iraq to divert
attention from allegations involving
Monica Lewinsky.
A White House official bnps^d
off such suggestions, saying Clinton’s
advisers were weighing political and
military ramifications of the weapons
standoff weeks before the Lewinsky
scandal erupted.
Pope encourages Castro
to foster church, freedom
■ Cubans hear attacks on
capitalism and religious
suppression in the pope’s
Sunday Mass.
HAVANA (AP) - Pope John
Paul II, ending a historic spiritual
journey to a dispirited land, called
Cubans to “new paths” of recon
ciliation Sunday, but warned them
against embracing the “blind mar
ket forces” of global capitalism.
“The wealthy grow ever
wealthier, while the poor grow
ever poorer,” the pope declared to
explosive applause from hundreds
of thousands in the grand Plaza of
the Revolution.
It was the climax of the 77
year-old pope’s five-day pilgrim
age, a difficult mission on which
he had to balance criticism of
Cuba’s communist system with the
need to foster the Cuban church.
Front and center in Sunday’s
throng, hearing John Paul’s sharp
attack on “capitalist neoliberal
ism,” was the fervent anti-capital
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ist Fidel Castro, who had urged his
people to pack the open-air Mass.
But the pontiff had pointed
words for the Cuban president
too, repeating appeals for respect
for freedom of conscience, for
greater religious freedom and on
behalf of political prisoners.
“The pope, in his heart and
with his words of encouragemeptj
embraces all who suffer injustice,
John Paul said to a burst of
applause and waving flags - ana to
silence from government officials.
Meanwhile,' the Vatican
entourage was awaiting word on
its appeal to Castro earlier in the
week for release of severaLhun
dred prisoners.
The Mass unfolded in an epic
setting of color and faith in a vast
square dominated by towering
portraits of revolutionary martyr
Ernesto “Che” Guevara and - tem
porarily - Jesus Christ.
The faithful, the curious and
those simply heeding Castro’s call
had set out from outlying towns by
bus as early as 2 a.m. By the time
the pope arrived almost eight
hours later, the crowd numbered
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