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Investigating the President

 Lewinsky Meets With Independent Counsel's Office (07-27-98)

 Starr Subpoenas Clinton To Appear Before Grand Jury (07-25-98)

 Lead Secret Service Agent Testifies (07-23-98)

 Starr Appeals Judge's Sanctions Over Leaks (07-21-98)

 Secret Service Agents Give Grand Jury Testimony (07-17-98)

 Justice Appeals Secret Service Dispute To Supreme Court (07-16-98)

 Starr, Justice Face Off Over New Secret Service Subpoenas (07-15-98)

 Secret Service Must Testify, Appeals Court Rules (07-07-98)

 Day Two Of Tripp Grand Jury Testimony (07-02-98)

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 Text Of Chief Justice Rehnquist's Order Denying Secret Service Stay (7-17-98)

 Documents From Secret Service Privilege Case (05-20-98)


 Tripp: No Stranger To Controversy

 Who Are Plato Cacheris And Jacob Stein?

 A Chronology: Key Moments In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal

 Cast of Characters In The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal



Starr Impeachment Report Underway


Source: Plans to submit it to House in May could slip

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 8) -- Independent Counsel Ken Starr's team already has completed several sections of a report for Congress on potentially impeachable offenses by President Bill Clinton involving his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, CNN confirmed Wednesday.

Starr's goal is to have the report finished and submitted to the House of Representatives, which has the constitutional authority to initiate impeachment proceedings, by the end of May.

But a source close to the independent counsel told CNN the timetable could slip because portions of the investigation dealing with Lewinsky, a former White House intern, have yet to be completed.

Starr's office released a statement Wednesday saying "while federal law requires us to convey to the House 'any substantial and credible information that may constitute grounds for an impeachment,' our investigation is still ongoing and no decisions have been made on the issuance, timing or contents of such a submission.

"As has been publicly reported the investigation is moving very quickly but it continues to be impeded by a variety of privilege invocations. Nonetheless we are proceeding expeditiously in all aspects of the investigation, including the litigation necessary to gather and assess all relevant facts," Starr's statement said.

Starr's office is investigating whether Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and encouraged her to lie about it under oath. Clinton has denied both accusations.

The potentially impeachable offenses being written up by Starr's office may also include material related to Clinton's sworn testimony about his Arkansas financial dealings. The Whitewater land deal in Arkansas was the original reason for Starr's investigation.

The source said it was still unclear just how comprehensive Starr's report would be in detailing evidence from the Whitewater probe.

White House declines comment


A White House spokesman, Joe Lockhart, declined comment on the story, which first appeared in Wednesday's editions of The Washington Post.

Clinton has denied any wrongdoing in the Whitewater real estate tangle, as well as any effort to influence Lewinsky's testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, which a federal judge threw out last week as unworthy of a jury trial.

The statute creating the independent counsel mandates that such a report be made whenever prosecutors find "any substantial and credible information ... that may constitute grounds for impeachment."

Several obstacles

But the CNN source said there were several obstacles to having a comprehensive report on the Lewinsky matter completed by the end of May, including:

  • Disputes over executive privilege and whether Secret Service agents will testify.

  • Whether Lewinsky has an immunity deal with Starr's office.

  • Whether the president will answer grand jury questions.

Members of Congress in both parties have been urging Starr to wrap up his four-year investigation. But the source said the probe could go on several more months even if the independent counsel completes a report by the end of May.

CNN's Bob Franken and John King contributed to this report.

In Other News

Wednesday April 8, 1998

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Reno Hears King Family's Request
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News Organizations Ask For Access To Lewinsky Proceedings
Wellstone Launches Presidential Exploratory Committee
Navy To Name Submarine After Jimmy Carter
Bono, Lee Win Special House Elections In California
Hale Accused Of Selling Information To Conservative Groups
N.Y. Congressman Joins Senate Race
Gingrich Selling Self On Book Tour
Americans Chip Away National Debt
Cohen Orders Gay Policy Guidelines

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