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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN OCT 04, 1998 22:49:55 ET XXXXX
CONGRESSMEN FIGHT OVER CALLING LEWINSKY!
Behind the scenes of the Judiciary Committee a fight has broken out over
Monica Lewinsky, even before the panel votes to hold any impeachment hearing!
It has been learned that several Republican congressmen are now expressing
serious concerns about calling Lewinsky to testify in person out of fear
that the raw spectacle of a young woman being probed about her sex life on
live national television would create complete backlash.
"Lewinsky may not be called," a well-placed source directly involved in the
Hill probe told the DRUDGE REPORT over the weekend.
"Can you imagine a senior male congressman asking Lewinsky if Clinton really
kissed her breast? Even [C-SPAN's] Brian Lamb would blush at that circus."
The source added: "We may just go with her sworn grand jury testimony... No
one here is going to have the courage to embarrass the young woman with
questions of such a sexual nature."
Already Congress has moved to shield from public view extremely embarrassing
personal information about President Clinton. Transcripts of conversations
between Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp were scrubbed. Details of the
president's anatomy and health condition were left out of sight, it has been
learned. Details that would easily become a national obsession.
One option the committee has: Bring in Lewinsky to testify in secret, away
But that option could also hold risk.
"Going into a closed session with Monica Lewinsky to get her testimony could
create a perception that the committee is going soft and covering up... and
not fully investigating the information" found in Starr's impeachment
referral, said a well-placed congressional source.
A second committee insider is convinced that Lewinsky will be called to
testify in open -- and asked detailed questions.
"There is already a fight over calling her," said the insider. "But this is
a serious matter and we are all grown-ups around here.
"She will be subpoenaed. And I suspect that she will not plead the fifth,
since we are going on her word that she told the truth to Starr's people and
to the grand jury."
FOOTNOTE: Linda Tripp's first extended public remarks about the case will
come when Tripp testifies before the House. Tripp will not give any TV
interviews before she appears, according to friends.
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STARR TO BE SUBPOENAED AS WITNESS
Working with the theory that the Lewinsky impeachment referral is too hot to
handle, and an embarrassment to those who wrote it, Democrats on the
Judiciary Committee will use their subpoena power to call Independent
Counsel Ken Starr during the impeachment inquiry, according to committee
"Starr will be his own 'Starr witness,'" said a staffer for a ranking
Democrat on the committee. "We'll let [Rep.] Maxine [Waters] work the
Calling Starr could turn into the minority's worst nightmare.
"He knows this case inside and out!" laughs a Starr associate. "No one
could outline the case better than Starr himself."
FOOTNOTE: Subpoenas for only the third presidential impeachment process in
the history of the republic could be drawn up shortly, after the full House
votes to open a formal inquiry later this week. With both sides of the
committee having subpoena power, warrants may begin to fly as soon as next week.
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The top 19 banks in the world's second largest economy, Japan, have seen
their capital dwindle to dangerously low levels in recent months, according
to a shock report in Monday editions of the NEW YORK TIMES.
"At a private meeting Saturday, the governor of the Bank of Japan, Masaru
Hayami, told Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan, the
chairman of the Federal Reserve, that their country's banking system was
acutely short of capital," with the top banks in deeper trouble than Tokyo
has ever before admitted, reports the TIMES' David Sanger in a Page One
Lead, set for web release at Midnight ET.
The spooky IMF issues a statement late Sunday declaring that the 'world
economy' has 'worsened' [
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QUICKENING: METEOR STORM; BIGGEST IN 32 YEARS
A spectacular meteor storm will ignite the heavens next month, possibly
'sandblasting' satellites and threatening everyday services from cell phones
to TV shows to data communications, according to Monday editions of the SAN
The 'Leonid' meteor shower is set to drench Earth on November 17 and 18 with
up to 40 meteors per second, sometimes 50,000 per hour!
"NASA is taking [the shower] seriously," NASA spokesman Don Savage tells the
paper. "We have been assessing what we need to do to ensure our satellites
in Earth orbit are going to be operated in a safe manner during this meteor
"This meteoroid storm will be the largest such threat ever experienced by
our critical orbiting satellite constellations," William Ailor, director of
the CENTER FOR ORBITAL REENTRY DEBRIS, told a House Science Committee in May.
Ailor: "Because of the very high speed of the particles - they will be
moving at speeds of over... 155,000 mph - the storm poses an even greater
and somewhat unknown threat... Fortunately, most of the particles... are
very small, smaller than the diameter of a human hair, and won't survive
passage through the Earth's atmosphere. Our satellites, however, are not
protected by the atmosphere, so they will be 'sandblasted' by very small
particles traveling more than 100 times faster than a bullet."
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