Clinton sex case delay blamed on media
One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. A former diplomatic editor and chief leader writer at The Independent, she now writes a weekly column and makes regular contributions to UK and international radio and television. She is a member of the international foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House, the Valdai Group of international Russia specialists and the Franco-British Council. She also sits on the advisory board of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London.
Friday 09 January 1998
The conservative Washington Times, which is anti-Clinton, had reported that Mr Clinton would give his deposition - a pre-trial sworn statement - at the White House on 17 January. As the accuser, Paula Jones, who alleges that Mr Clinton made an unwanted sexual advance to her while governor of Arkansas in 1991, has the right to attend and made known her intention of doing so.
Mr Bennett said yesterday that the arrival of Ms Jones at the White House was bound to become a media event if the date were known in advance. Upping the ante in the case, he played down the possibility of an out of court settlement, accusing Ms Jones of wanting to profit financially.He also accused the right-wing Rutherford Institute that is helping to fund Ms Jones's case of using the case in an attempt to embarrass the President. The trial is set to start on 27 May in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In a related development, the US Treasury has disclosed that it is investigating a decision by the Internal Revenue Service to subject Ms Jones to a tax audit. This procedure, which terrifies most Americans, is invoked mainly when the authorities suspect irregularities, but there is widespread suspicion that it is also used by the powerful to intimidate political opponents. Yesterday, Mr Bennett dissociated himself and the White House from the tax audit.
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