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Bennett Flip-Flops On Jones' Sexual Past

Bennett has decided not to file material about Jones' sexual history after all

By Bob Franken and John King/CNN

WASHINGTON (Mar. 20) -- President Bill Clinton's attorney, Bob Bennett, told CNN Friday that despite a letter he sent to federal judge Susan Webber Wright indicating otherwise, his legal team has decided not to submit material concerning Paula Jones' sexual past.

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Bennett declined to explain why he has decided to avoid mentioning Jones' sexual history, in his reply to papers Jones filed in her sexual harassment-civil rights lawsuit against Clinton. Bennett wants the judge to throw out the case, which is set to go to trial May 27.

Bennett sent Wright a letter Thursday saying he would present "...sensitive information of a sexual nature about Paula Jones" in a response Friday urging that the case be dismissed.

Bennett said Thursday's letter was preliminary, when it was released by Jones' attorneys overnight. In it he wrote of plans to include "under seal ... sensitive information of a sexual nature about Paula Jones."

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Bennett will file his reply in response to last week's massive document filing by Jones' attorney, which included about 700 pages. Among them were depositions given by Clinton, Arkansas state troopers and women alleged to have had sexual histories with Clinton.

Bennett said, "...We have no choice but to respond in a vigorous but appropriate way. To do otherwise would allow scurrilous and false allegations to remain in the public record unrebutted. This would be greatly unfair to President Clinton."

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