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Monica tells of farewell gifts from Clinton

JUST WEEKS before his relationship with Monica Lewinsky erupted into the headlines, President Bill Clinton gave the former White House intern a series of gifts at a farewell meeting in the Oval Office, her testimony reveals.

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FILM: RECORDED DELIVERY

In and Out (12), PolyGram, rental, 14 Aug

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