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"(Mr. Starr) became a hands-on editor, insisting on more sexual details."
"Mr. Starr is about to find out whether he is more prurient, more easily shocked, more inexperienced, and simply more interested in sexual details than many Americans."
--The Times of London, Sept. 14, 1998, page two
Impeachment? "Contemporary writings suggest that the framers of the Constitution were seeking to punish wrongs against the American system of government rather than driving a President from office for his personal behavior.
--idem, page three
"...the first porno assassination in history."
--Le Journal du Dimanche
"We Europeans can only stand aghast at a nation which is so infantile it actually considers bringing down a President for doing what goes on all over the world."
Kenneth Starr and
by Clyde Verner
After all of the pre-release publicity and hype, Kenneth Starr's video
production of "President Clinton Does it with Monica Lewinsky" was a big
disappointment. Compared to the vivid style of pornography that we have
come to expect from Kenneth Starr, the video simply didn't measure up.
Supporting documents released Monday also revealed that Monica Lewinsky
and her girlfriend Linda Tripp discussed as early as the fall of 1997 the
importance of not cleaning the dress which bore semen stains. While collecting
more of what she and Linda called "evidence," Monica Lewinsky continued
her efforts to again seduce the President and make him believe that she
According to Kenneth Starr's report to Congress:
It is interesting to note that Monica Lewinsky's discussion with Linda
Tripp about collecting evidence occurred soon after Monica Lewinsky was
spurned by her removal from the White House. Why was she removed? According
to Kenneth Starr's report:
as late as December 1997, Ms. Lewinsky wrote that she was "very particular
about presents and could never give them to anyone else -- they were all
bought with you in mind."
In early January 1998, she sent him, along with an antique book about American
presidents, "[a]n embarrassing mushy note."
Monica Lewinsky may not be the only one who has been left feeling abandoned.
It is already getting almost impossible to find a Republican politician
who will wholeheartedly and publicly align himself with Kenneth Starr. Even Republican Congressmen
have been admitting that most of their phone calls since the video's release
are from constituents voicing their opposition to impeachment.
Monica Lewinsky was upset because White House staff wanted to get rid of
her, saying the staff felt, "...I was stalking him or I was making advances
Monica Lewinsky was "what we used to call a 'clutch' . . . always someplace
she shouldn't be," said Evelyn Lieberman, the White House Deputy Chief
of Staff for Operations. Ms. Lieberman testified that, because Monica Lewinsky
was so persistent in her efforts to be near the President, "I decided to
get rid of her."
"Upon hearing of her dismissal, Monica Lewinsky burst into tears and asked
if there was any way for her to stay in the White House, even without pay."
According to the report, Monica Lewinsky "felt that she was being transferred
simply because of her relationship with the President. And she feared that
with the loss of her White House job, 'I was never going to see the President
again. I mean, my relationship with him would be over.'"
The Republican's worst fear, that of a voter backlash against Kenneth
Starr and the handful of extreme Republicans who backed his fierce personal attack
on President Clinton, may be coming true. Rather than the long hoped for
turn against President Clinton, public opinion poll results since the video
was released have shown even stronger backing for the President than before.
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