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Independent counsel says prosecutors had ample evidence to charge Clinton in Lewinsky scandal
AP ^ | 3-6-02 | PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 03/06/2002 8:03:51 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:39:49 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON (AP) --  A final report by Independent Counsel Robert Ray concluded Wednesday that prosecutors had ample evidence for criminal charges against President Clinton in the scandal involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

"The independent counsel's judgment that sufficient evidence existed to prosecute President Clinton was confirmed by President Clinton's admissions," the report stated. "President Clinton admitted he `knowingly gave evasive and misleading answers"' about his sexual relationship with Ms. Lewinsky.


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1 posted on 03/06/2002 8:03:51 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
08:52 PST (AP) -- The report stated that "President Clinton engaged in conduct that impeded the due administration of justice by testifying falsely under oath ... that he could not recall ever being alone with Monica Lewinsky; and he had not had a sexual affair or engaged in sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky."

In response to the report, Clinton attorney David Kendall issued a brief statement: "The investigation of President Clinton from 1994 to 2001 was intense, expensive, partisan and long. There's still no Whitewater report, and there's nothing new in this report. It's time to move on."

2 posted on 03/06/2002 8:04:35 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And now this chump wants our support to run for Senate? He'd definitely fit in with the other Senate pansies.
3 posted on 03/06/2002 8:05:30 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
09:04 PST (AP) -- The Lewinsky controversy grew out of a sexual harassment lawsuit by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. Testifying in the lawsuit, Clinton denied having sex with Lewinsky and said he didn't recall being alone with her.

The criminal investigation of Clinton in the Lewinsky matter began in January 1998. Former White House employee Linda Tripp, a friend of Lewinsky, turned over to Starr secretly taped phone calls in which the ex-intern confided her relationship with Clinton. The tapes contradicted Clinton's sworn testimony in the Jones case, which the president gave just days after Tripp had turned the tapes over to Starr.

The sequence -- first turning over the tapes, then Clinton testifying in the Jones case -- led Clinton and his defenders to accuse Starr's office of setting a perjury trap for the president.

Starr's prosecutors and the FBI looked into whether Clinton had tried to silence Lewinsky by getting presidential friend Vernon Jordan to find a job for her. Besides opening doors for her job-hunting efforts, Jordan arranged to hire a Washington lawyer for Lewinsky so that she could file an affidavit in the Jones case. In the affidavit, she denied having had a sexual relationship with Clinton.

When Lewinsky eventually agreed to cooperate with investigators in the summer of 1998, she turned over a stained blue dress from an encounter with Clinton, making it impossible for the president to deny a sexual relationship. Lab tests showed Clinton's DNA on the garment.

4 posted on 03/06/2002 8:05:34 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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5 posted on 03/06/2002 8:05:38 AM PST by grammymoon
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6 posted on 03/06/2002 8:06:41 AM PST by Registered
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7 posted on 03/06/2002 8:07:59 AM PST by Jen
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I believe Karma will catch up with the Clinton's one day. It does with everyone. Nobody is teflon from God. My problem with that fact is when something does come to catch up with them...people will look at them as victims and ride the old Clinton bandwagon again. Meanwhile looking past how much they sold out America. Why the 2 of them are not in jail for more than just the Lewinski mess is something I can only leave in God's hands and have trust that karma will come and smack the 2 of them in the light God himself will shed.
8 posted on 03/06/2002 8:08:31 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Hal9000
How soon will you be linking the whole report ol' buddy?
9 posted on 03/06/2002 8:08:46 AM PST by KC Burke
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
A greased pig always gets away.
10 posted on 03/06/2002 8:10:05 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
and OICRAY.com
11 posted on 03/06/2002 8:10:13 AM PST by flamefront
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And we are still talking about sex instead of treason. The Monica thing misdirected justice so badly I suspect bill made sure it got out himself.
12 posted on 03/06/2002 8:10:56 AM PST by steve50
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To: AFVetGal
With all due respect, that cheerleading cheer above is structured wrong. At least in high school, that is not how we said it.
13 posted on 03/06/2002 8:11:29 AM PST by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Just announced on Fox as breaking news.
14 posted on 03/06/2002 8:11:51 AM PST by I still care
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To: Registered
As I said, Clinton would arrange to be in Timbuktu when this report was released. He's on his way to Ecuador, then East Timor.
15 posted on 03/06/2002 8:12:17 AM PST by HAL9000
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Billy Boy Clinton: The incredible shrinking legacy.
16 posted on 03/06/2002 8:12:43 AM PST by EternalHope
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To: flamefront
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the final report on the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that threatened Bill Clinton's presidency, an independent counsel said on Wednesday that sufficient evidence existed to prosecute and probably convict Clinton.

More than four years after the allegations first emerged that Clinton sought to hide his affair with Lewinsky, a special U.S. appeals court released a lengthy report by independent counsel Robert Ray that was required by law.

"The independent counsel concluded that sufficient evidence existed to prosecute and that such evidence would 'probably be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction ... by an unbiased trier of fact'," he said in the report.

But Ray said he decided against prosecution on the grounds that "noncriminal alternatives" were sufficient.

Right before he left office in January 2001 Clinton admitted knowingly giving false, evasive statements in a deal with Ray that ended the investigation without any criminal charges being brought.

17 posted on 03/06/2002 8:13:34 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Well now,Mr. Ray,tell me and ALL FREEPERS just how it is that you properly executed the oath of office you took when you were sworn in as Independent Counsel??Judge Susan Webber Wright already established that"BeelzeBubba""Made False and Misleading Statements While Testifying Under Oath To A Federal Grand Jury".Also,by denying Paula Jones her"Day in Court"he did(in fact)Obstruct Justice!!!!!!!
18 posted on 03/06/2002 8:14:20 AM PST by bandleader
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Think about the people who protected Klinton then and still protect him today. Even Bush glossed over Klinton's acts.
19 posted on 03/06/2002 8:14:50 AM PST by Don Myers
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To: I still care
MSNBC also now televising lengthy report. Of course, the networks won't report this...
20 posted on 03/06/2002 8:16:23 AM PST by calypgin
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