Anxious to cut a deal for immunity, the lawyer for Monica Lewinsky said Sunday his 24-year-old client “will tell all that she knows” to Whitewater prosecutors. “The chips will fall as they may,” he said.
Attorney William Ginsburg said he has indicated to investigators what Lewinsky will tell them in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr was in his Washington office Sunday night, said Deborah Gershman, a spokeswoman for the office.
Negotiations for a grant of absolute immunity for Lewinsky could be lengthy - but an alternative is available to Whitewater prosecutors. They could obtain a court order giving Lewinsky use immunity - a more limited form that would compel Lewinsky’s grand jury testimony as early as Tuesday when the Whitewater grand jury is scheduled to meet in Washington.
Under use immunity, Lewinsky’s testimony could not be used against her. But she also would not have the blanket protection from prosecution that Ginsburg seeks.
President Clinton talked this weekend with heavyweight advisers brought back to Washington to help him through the crisis brought on by the allegations of a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and attempts at a cover-up. One of them, former Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, said his help was lawyerly in nature. “I have my legal hat on, not my political hat,” he said.
The Washington Post reported in today’s editions that presidential pollsters Mark Penn and Doug Schoen were conducting a national survey Sunday night to help guide Clinton and his advisers in responding to the allegations. Paid for by the Democratic National Committee, the survey comes amid other polls which show an American public expressing serious concern that Clinton may have lied.
At the White House, the first couple tried to maintain an air of normalcy, attending services at Foundry United Methodist Church as usual. Clinton rehearsed his State of the Union speech and planned to watch the Super Bowl with family and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Senior administration officials and longtime Clinton friends said the president was shocked and depressed in the first hours of the controversy but has bounced back defiant. “One thing that isn’t going on and that’s discussions about any resignation,” said Rahm Emanuel, a top White House adviser.