Clinton involved in conspiracy?

By Larry Margasak Associated Press Published:

In 700 pages of explosive depositions and legal briefs, the Jones lawyers said Clinton engaged in a pattern of sexual relationships, offered jobs to women who submitted to him and made "a veritable orgy of false and misleading statements" to the judge in an effort to get the case dismissed.

The Jones lawyers were responding to the Clinton filings, and asked U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright to proceed to trial in Little Rock May 27.

Robert Bennett, Clinton's lawyers, immediately described their case as "cotton candy" and said that "when you bite into it, there's nothing there."

In their motion, Jones' lawyers said: "The record before the court provides good reason to believe that Mr. Clinton and those acting on his behalf have engaged in a vast enterprise to suppress evidence in this case and otherwise corrupt these proceedings."

Clinton and his wife, Hillary, left the capital for a weekend at the presidential retreat in Maryland as the papers were being released. His chief spokesman, Mike McCurry, when asked how Clinton felt about the new legal filing, said "he's a human being, and he has human reaction when he reads stuff like that."

Citing testimony from Clinton's deposition, the Jones lawyers argued that last Dec. 28, after Monica Lewinsky was subpoenaed in the Jones case, Clinton suggested to her in a private meeting how she could avoid subpoenas and testimony. He has said that he never told her to lie.

Five women besides Jones are mentioned in the court papers, including Elizabeth Ward, a former "Miss America" whose name had not been brought up previously in connection with the lawsuit.

Bennett told reporters in Los Angeles: "This is a form of insanity, what's going on here." He called the charges "a pack of lies" and said "the facts are with us." He said any relationships that Clinton might have had with other women were not "relevant" to the Jones case.

The president has denied Jones' claim that he asked her to perform a sex act in 1991 or that he denied her proper raises and advancement as a result of her refusal. At the time, Clinton was governor of Arkansas and Jones was a clerk with the state's industrial development agency.

Several of the women gave dramatic accounts of their contacts with Clinton, including the testimony of Kathleen Willey, who was active in Democratic Party affairs in Virginia and subsequently had a job at the White House.

Meeting with Clinton to ask him for a job, Mrs. Willey said, "He put his hands _ he put my hands on his genitals."

She said she didn't recall how long it lasted and said she resisted.

"Did you try to push him away?"

"Yes"

In a widely reported affidavit, Lewinsky told the Jones lawyers: "I have never had sexual relationship with the president, he did not propose that we have a sexual relationship, he did not offer me employment or other benefits in exchange for a sexual relationship... "

Three troopers from Clinton's security detail described "Mr. Clinton's longstanding pattern and practice of sending his trooper bodyguards to solicit women to perform sexual favors for Mr. Clinton," the legal papers said. Clinton "would frequently brag to the troopers that he had engaged in sexual activities with these women," they said.

Contending she suffered discrimination on the job, Jones contended she was discouraged from seeking advancement, had her work location moved, was under constant monitoring and was the only women in her office who didn't receive flowers on Secretary's Day in 1992.

As a result of Clinton telling her not to talk about the incident, she "was afraid" to pursue formal grievance procedures, she said.

Among the more sensational allegations:

Clinton lawyer M. Samuel Jones III was quoted as saying that his job in 1992 was to hunt down women who were claiming that they had affairs with Clinton and pay them hush money to "make them go away."

The deposition was submitted by lawyer John B. Thompson, who recounted his conversations with Jones. The two had met while Thompson was in law school, and they stayed in touch, often discussing current events. Jones is a partner in the law firm Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, the former law firm of top Clinton aide Bruce Lindsey.

Dolly Kyle Browning testified she had a long sexual affair with Clinton, and was contacted by Lindsey, threatening to "destroy her" if she told the truth. Clinton has denied an affair with her.

Gennifer Flowers said Clinton asked her to lie not only to the news media, but to a government investigation about his role in getting her a state job. "He told me to tell them I found out about it through the newspaper, and that's exactly what I told them," Flowers said.

Lindsey contacted Linda Tripp, after she observed Willey emerge disheveled from an alleged sexual encounter with Clinton in the Oval Office. He tried to convince her "to change her account and, if necessary, her testimony... ."

At Clinton's direction, Buddy Young, the former supervisor of Clinton's security detail, threatened to "destroy" three troopers if they spoke out about his sexual liaisons.

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