was the latest stage of the attempted humiliation of US President, Bill Clinton,
by his political opponents. Grand Jury testimony is always in private and rarely
trick that Clinton's opponents used was that a juror was unable to attend the
testimony in person, so the proceedings were video taped. It was this tape that
was screened after the House of Representatives judged that the public had a right
to see all of the evidence in the Starr Report (it was Ken Starr who headed
the team investigating Clinton).
9:10 am, on this day, there was blanket television coverage of the tapes being
handed over to the networks, and then the networks broadcast the testimony itself.
sought to defend charges that he had lied about an affair with Monica Lewinsky
in depositions made in a sexual harassment case made against him by Paula Jones.
of the well publicized instances in the Grand Jury testimony exchange was when
Clinton was asked to comment on a statement his lawyer had made in the Paula Jones
lawyer, Mr. Bennett, had said, during the Paula Jones case:
is fully aware that Ms. Lewinsky has filed, has an affidavit which they are in
possession of saying that there is
absolutely no sex of any kind in any manner, shape or form, with President Clinton".
was asked during the Grand Jury testimony, by Solomon L. Wisenberg:
statement is a completely false statement. Whether or not Mr. Bennett knew of
your relationship with Ms. Lewinsky, the statement that there was "no sex
of any kind in any manner, shape or form, with President Clinton," was an
utterly false statement. Is that correct?"
replied (words uttered mid-thought have been grayed out):
depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. If
the if he if "is" means is and never has been that
is not that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a
completely true statement."
So, Clinton seems to be saying that the statement was true because, at that precise
moment the statement was made by his lawyer, Clinton was not actually having sex
with Lewinsky (which would be noticeable as presumably Clinton was sitting next
to his lawyer at that precise moment)...
lawyer-talk added a level of humor to what was a horribly sordid affair, which
ruined the lives of many of the ordinary people it enveloped.
Bill Clinton, however, remained one of the most popular presidents ever.