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Kenneth Starr's longwinded and stinging report into the activities
of President Bill Clinton published.
The key allegations
centre around 21 year old intern Monica Lewinsky. The report
- Clinton did have a sexual relationship with the intern.
- Clinton committed perjury when he lied on oath to deny
the intern affair in the Paula Jones hearings.
- Clinton encouraged Monica, his associates and friends
and family to cover up the relationship for him.
- Clinton used his office to aid his campaign of obstruction
against the Starr report.
The report claims to include 11 instances of abuse of power including
The Starr Report
is published on the internet. Click here for access to the official site for
the report and other related information and sites.
- Lewinsky starts book signing tour at Harrods
begins a book signing tour of Britain at London's Harrods store
White House intern makes the appearances fresh on the back of
TV interviews last week. Talking to ITN's John Snow she revealed
the investigation into her 'affair' with President Bill Clinton
almost pushed her toward suicide.
The book, Monica's
Story, was penned by Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton.
The initial print run of 100,000 is unprecedented for a hardback.
It appears Lewinsky needs the book to sell fast:
is not cheap" she said.
Republican gains fail to materialise in US congressional elections
- Impeachment threat recedes for Comeback Kid
Clinton will be delighted with the results of the mid term congressional
elections which took place across the USA Tuesday.
Democrat Party lost a few seats, the Republican landslide many
had predicted simply failed to materialise. The Republicans retain
their majorities in the House of Representatives (lower house)
and Senate (upper house) but without any clear mandate to pursue
their impeachment proceedings against Clinton.
already known as the 'comeback kid', has rarely recovered from
adversity with such force. Just weeks ago his testimony to the
Grand Jury about Monica Lewinsky was broadcast around the globe
to a transfixed population. Despite sustained and lurid questioning
prosecutors it appears to have had little impact on his buoyant
- UK minister
hits out at US President
minister Clare Short has upset the cosy relationship between
Bill Clinton and Tony Blair by launching a scathing attack on
the US President over the Monica Lewinsky affair.
who has told that many lies is not fit to be leader," Short
said. Short's outburst is sure to anger Blair, who has made a
point of backing the under fire President ever since the Lewinsky
yesterday voted to begin impeachment proceedings against Clinton
but Blair has always been determined to support his Third Way
ally, believing that Clinton's success paved the way for his
own electoral triumph last year.
Minister for Overseas Development is no stranger to controversy.
In previous broadsides she has argued for the legalisation of
cannabis and recently told poverty stricken third world countries
that lack of cash is not their major problem. (9/10/98)
British Government Awash with Clinton Jokes
jibes okay but aides ban Brown from public quip
minister Gordon Brown was banned from including a Bill Clinton
joke in his speech at the Labour Party Conference, it has been
revealed. But this hasn't stopped Clinton jokes becoming all
the rage at Blackpool, at least in private.
Brown had planned
to quip: "There will be no left turns, no right turns, no
U-turns, and no interns," but was told this would be too
offensive to Americans and removed the naughty nugget from his
scenes, however, much hilarity is being had at the US President's
expense. The following rib ticklers have all apparently been
told by leading members of the government over the last few days:
Why is a monarchy
better than a presidential system?
- Because you only have to get down on one knee for the Queen.
a new girlfriend and has already started buying her presents.
- He's splashed out on a new dress.
Why did Clinton
dash off to Russia after the crisis broke?
- Because he'd heard the whole country was on its knees.
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Nasty Fails To Damage Clinton
- President retains support following global Grand Jury broadcast
- World leaders lend a helping hand to under fire Clinton
Clinton's campaign against impeachment appears strengthened following
the global broadcast of his Grand Jury testimony.
as aides call him, looked calm and composed giving evidence.
Despite lurid questions from Kenneth Starr's prosecuting team,
the President maintained his dignity and manoeuvred his way around
the most tricky enquiries.
As the shockwaves
of Clinton's strong performance reverberated around the world,
public support remained steady, stock markets recovered and talk
of resignation waned.
It now seems
the only option open for blood lust Republicans is a full scale
impeachment hearing. This is unlikely to take place before November's
elections and its prospect of success will largely depend on
Democrat performance in the polls. In more than two centuries
of US constitutional history, no incumbent President has been
attending yesterday's UN meeting gave President Bill Clinton
a standing ovation and urged him to return his administration's
focus to the world economy and international terrorism. Delegates
included Bill's best buddy, UK Premier Tony Blair, and South
African President Nelson Mandela. (22/9/98)
Grand Jury video nasty set for worldwide broadcast
THE eyes of
the world will be focused today on President Clinton's testimony
to the Whitewater Grand Jury.
broadcast got the go ahead last Friday from a bi-partisan Senate
committee voting along party lines. Republicans are keen to maintain
the Monicagate pressure on Clinton and see the video as the logical
next step in their impeachment campaign.
issue at the top of the media agenda also does no harm to the
Party's campaign for November's elections.
of the end for President as Gore withdraws support
The signs are
that senior Democrats are beginning to withdraw support for the
President too. They are increasingly concerned about the prospect
of a wipeout in the forthcoming polls.
Al Gore told a New Hampshire newspaper he thought his boss's
actions were "indefensible". Although he did not go
so far as saying he wanted Clinton to resign.
heads for New York to be at Clinton's side
Minister Tony Blair is bound for New York where later today he
will meet the under fire President at a political seminar. Blair
has already been criticised for aligning himself so closely with
the beleaguered US premier. (21/9/98)
Demand Video Release
to make public film of Clinton's Grand Jury testimony
congressmen are arguing that video footage of Bill Clinton taken
during the President's Grand Jury testimony should be released
to the public.
They say that
the public needs to evaluate not just the words said by Clinton
but the manner in which he delivered them. So far their attempts
to force the release of the film have not succeeded, but in time
the President's camp may feel it is better to appear co-operative
and accept the move.
that the rules were against it but I knew it would happen"
said the President.
Clinton continues to "get on with business" in his
efforts to ride out the affair. (17/9/98)
by His Own Petard
by LondonNet Editor David Clee (15 September 1998)
the words that greeted unsuspecting visitors to London's Leicester
Square this weekend: "Hi. We're from American television.
Could you tell us what you think of the Bill Clinton situation?"
Eases On Clinton
public remain loyal to Slick Willy
US President Bill Clinton received a boost over the weekend as
snap polls indicated little drop-off in support for his administration.
They show that
some of the US electorate actually sympathise with Clinton, following
the lurid allegations made against him in the Starr Report, published
Friday. Even Prosecutor Kenneth Starr was forced to publish an
apology for the use of explicit sexual references which saturate
his controversial report.
transfixed by goings on stateside as the drama unfolds. UK based
newspapers, television and radio are featuring extensive coverage
of the investigation and its aftermath.
warned to cool "special friendship" with US President
premier, Tony Blair is under pressure to cool his "special
friendship" with the US President. The two "new radical"
leaders have enjoyed a warm buddy buddy relationship which approaches
the mutual adoration displayed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald
Reagan in the eighties.
But the speed
of the Prime Minister's message of support for Clinton, following
Friday's publication of the Starr Report, led commentators here
to warn that a more pragmatic approach should be taken. Indeed
Blair's imminent trip to the USA has already been amended to
include meetings with Vice-President Al Gore. Maybe the PM will
strike up an even more cordial friendship with Gore. After all
both represent the "squeaky clean in marital bliss"
end of the political spectrum. (14/9/98)
Clinton, Sort Of
- PM could down grade US visit
is one of the few politicians still prepared back Bill Clinton,
but even the British premier is having cold feet about making
that support too public.
Blair is due
in the US next week for the latest in a string of pally link-ups
between the two political allies but aides have hinted that planned
public meetings will now be replaced by private talks. Blair
said that Clinton remained "a very close friend and ally
of this country" but Downing Street sources would merely
say that their boss "hoped" to meet Clinton next week.
actress Joan Collins has slammed Clinton not for his infidelities
or lies but because of his taste in women. "Clinton will
always be remembered for bonking trailer trash," the classy
star of soft porn flick The Stud said. (11/9/98)
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