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 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



Reno's Sealed Motion Ran Counter To White House Privilege Claim

By Pierre Thomas/CNN

WASHINGTON (May 28) -- While President Bill Clinton's lawyers were arguing that governmental attorney-client privilege should protect presidential aide Bruce Lindsey from being forced to answer questions about his conversations with the president, the Justice Department suggested in a secret motion to the judge that Lindsey might not be protected.

Justice Department seal

In a sealed motion filed with the court, Attorney General Janet Reno took the position that White House claims of governmental attorney-client privilege were not absolute.

According to U.S. District Court Judge Norma Holloway Johnson in her order issued Tuesday, Reno concluded the court should "recognize a qualified privilege that would balance the demands of criminal law enforcement against the asserted need for confidentiality [by the White House]."

In a ruling released Wednesday, Johnson ruled Lindsey and another White House aide, Sidney Blumenthal, should be forced to testify before the grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky probe.

Johnson ruled that while the conversations might have been covered by executive privilege, the needs of Independent Counsel Ken Starr's criminal investigation outweigh the White House claims.

The Justice Department motion remains under seal.

In Other News

Thursday, May 28, 1998

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