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FBI TAPE BOMBSHELL: LEWINSKY OFFERED TRIPP MONEY FOR SILENCE; WARNED TRIPP
NOT TO TELL TRUTH
Monica Lewinsky told Linda Tripp in January that she was being urged by
President Clinton to be untruthful in the Paula Jones sex case.
Lewinsky even offered to pay for her friend's silence. Lewinsky told Tripp:
"I would write you a check" to keep it all quiet.
Lewinsky added: "Telling the truth could get you in trouble."
Lewinsky's stunning claims are found on Audio Tape #30 in Starr's
Tape #30 is a face-to-face conversation between Ms. Tripp and Ms. Lewinsky,
recorded under FBI auspices.
The ASSOCIATED PRESS is first with several quotes:
Lewinsky to Tripp: "Telling the truth could get you in trouble. I don't
know why you would want to do that."
At one point Lewinsky tells Tripp: "What he has showed me is there is no
way to get caught in perjury in a situation like this."
Just whom Ms. Lewinsky was referring to was not clear from the information
provided by the AP's source.
Excerpts of Tape #30 are leaking out of Washington this evening -- ahead of
a Friday afternoon release.
"I told her a whole bunch of lies that day," Lewinsky testified to the grand
jury eight months later, "clarifying" her conversation with Tripp.
"I think I told her that -- you know, at various times the president and Mr.
Jordan had told me to lie. That wasn't true."
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PAPER: WHITE HOUSE GIVES APPROVAL FOR CENSURE; HOPES DOLE WILL CONVINCE
The White House has given approval to a movement led by former Democratic
officials to have Congress censure President Clinton rather than impeach
him, and it hopes Clinton's Republican opponent in the 1996 election -- Bob
Dole -- will join the campaign.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES is first with the development, to be reported by
veteran Jack Nelson in Friday editions.
The DRUDGE REPORT obtained a prerelease of the story.
Leading the censure movement is Lloyd Cutler, former White House counsel,
reveals Nelson. "Democrats working with Cutler include former Sen. George
Mitchell of Maine and Leon Panetta, former Clinton chief of staff."
The Clinton White House is staying at arm's length from any direct
involvement in the censure movement, for fear that "if the White House
promotes the idea, it is a non-starter," one "senior adviser" tells the TIMES.
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CHANGE THE SET...
CNN will unveil a new look, new anchor set and a new newsroom on Monday, the
biggest change in the network's on-air delivery in more than 10 year,
reports Friday's ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.
Media Reporter Phil Kloer sneaks that the Atlanta skyline will soon be seen
behind CNN anchors, who will be seated at a new "curved, wooden desk with a
cherry finish that gives off a reddish glow." The $7.5 million project
also includes extensive renovation of the newsroom. New in the newsroom is
a "sign band" of 15 CNN logos.
"We hadn't changed the look of CNN in years," said CNN president Richard
Kaplan, who just arrived at CNN last year.
Kaplan confesses to the AJC: "A set will never raise your ratings or cover
up substantive problems. But what a good set will do is make it easier for
a viewer to watch."
And Kloer reports that the news set may add some drama to the newscasts.
"CNN anchors will sit on a newly built slab that actually juts out over the
CNN Center atrium, five stories overhead."
Don't lean back too far in your chair, Bobbie Battista.
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