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Judge holds Clinton in contempt
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A federal judge ruled
President Clinton in contempt of court yesterday for
giving "intentionally false" testimony about his rela-
,tipnship with Monica Lewinsky during questioning in
the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
The judge's finding, a civil rather than criminal rul-
ing,, orders Clinton to pay Jones "any 'reasonable
expenses including attorneys' fees caused by his will-
ful failure to obey this court's discovery orders."
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright said she
would delay enforcement for 30 days to give Clinton
an opportunity to ask for a hearing or file a notice of
appeal. The ruling stemmed from Clinton's sworn
statement in the Jones case that he didn't have a sexu-
al relationship with the former White House intern.
Wright said in her ruling, "The record demonstrates
by clear and convincing evidence that the president
responded to plaintiffs' questions by giving false, mis-
leading and evasive answers that were designed to
obstruct the judicial process."
"The court takes no pleasure whatsoever in holding
this nation's president in contempt of court," the judge
said. Wright said Jones was entitled to information
regarding any state or federal employee with whom
the president had or proposed to have sexual relations.
In his deposition in the Jones case, Clinton said: "I
have never had sexual relations with Monica
Lewinsky." After the president's DNA was found on a
dress belonging to Lewinsky, he acknowledged an
"inappropriate intimate relationship" with her before a
federal grand jury last Aug. 17 - and again in a
nationally televised address.
Clinton said the relationship did not fall under the
definition of "sexual relations" provided by Jones'
lawyers during his deposition, and that his testimony
was legally accurate.
Jim Kennedy, spokesperson for the White House
counsel's office, said yesterday there would be no
comment until the president's personal attorney in the
case, Robert Bennett, had an opportunity to review the
Wright first raised the contempt issue in a footnote
to a Sept. 1, 1998, ruling in which she released
Clinton's testimony in the Jones case.
In that footnote, Wright said she had concerns about
the president's deposition but made no findings as to
possible contempt at that time.
In her decision, the judge wrote, "It is difficult to
construe the president's sworn statements ... as any-
thing other than a willful refusal to obey this court's
"Simply put, the president's deposition testimony
regarding whether he had ever been alone with Ms.
Lewinsky was intentionally false and his statements
regarding whether he had ever engaged in sexual rela-
tions with Ms. Lewinsky likewise were intentionally
false," said the judge.
AROUND THE NATION
Jury acquits McDougal on obstruction
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A jubilant Susan McDougal prevailed for the first time
yesterday after years of legal battles with independent counsel Kenneth Start; as
jurors acquitted her of obstructing justice in the Whitewater investigation and dad-
locked on the two other charges, resulting in a mistrial.
The result was a major setback for Starr's office, which said it would dec*
shortly whether to retry McDougal on the charge that she committed criminal con-
tempt of court by defying orders to testify before Starr's grand jury.
"We will now carefully assess future steps in light of today's developments,"
Starr's office said in a statement.
Reveling in victory outside the federal courthouse minutes after the verdict,
McDougal and her lead attorney, Mark Geragos, had nothing but venom for Starr.
"This guy should pack up and get out of here;" Geragos declared. "I'm happy to
be the one, along with Susan, to wish him bon voyage. But get the heck out of
Arkansas, and do it now. Nobody wants to see you."
McDougal added: "I'm still a little numb. I've been indicted since 1993, and this
is the first day I haven't been indicted in years."
At the White House, President Clinton was "pleased to learn" that his fori
business partner was acquitted of obstruction of justice, White House spokesper-
son Joe Lockhart said, "He wishes all the best for her and her family."
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Yugoslavia denounced the "crimi-
nal attack" on the passenger train.
The alliance did not directly confirm
the hit, but acknowledged it had
struck a rail bridge considered an
important military supply line and
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refinery, the principal airport in Kosovo
and the Balkans' biggest heavy-equip-
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GOP leaders push
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - House
and Senate GOP leaders staged a
national "town hall meeting" yesterday
in a bid to briefly shift attention from
the war in Kosovo to their tax reform
Joined by Virginia Republican Gov.
James Gilmore III and roughly 250
Republican activists, the congressional
leaders focused on how to convert a
portion of the current budget surplus
into lower taxes on everything from
capital gains to a family's inheritance.
"We want you to be able to keep
more of your money," declared Senate
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"The power to tax is the power to
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House Majority Leader Richard Armey
(R-Tex.), Rep. Thomas Davis (R-Va.)
and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.)
The House GOP leadership had
planned to devote part of last week to
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delays impeach vote
MOSCOW - Russia's lower house
of parliament yesterday put off a vote
on whether to impeach President Boris
Yeltsin, a victory for the president over
his Communist foes.
Even though few expected that the
State Duma would vote to impeach
Yeltsin, the Kremlin wanted to avoid
the spectacle of a debate. Political ana-
lysts said that yesterday's decision
likely means an end to the
Communist-led impeachment drive,
unless a Kremlin scandal erupts, or
Yeltsin fires Prime Minister Yevgeny
Primakov or Communist ministers in
Communists are trying simply "to
preserve this saber over the head of the
president, without actually hoping to
succeed," said Igor Bunin, a political
The prospect of an impeachment
vote - even though it seemed certain
to fail - added to the uneasy atmos-
phere in Moscow in recent weeks. The
light of the Kosovo hostilities.
With the deadline for filing taxes
three days away, both lawmakers 'nd
audience members questioned why cit-
izens are taxed as many as three times
on some parts of their income.
U.S. cracks down on
Federal authorities are aggressively
prosecuting illegal immigrants with
criminal records who return to -he
United States after being deporte.-,- a
policy shift that is swamping federal
courts, filling prisons and dividing
The get-tough approach is part of tW
nation's ongoing crackdown against ille-
gal immigrants with criminal historie4.
Returning to the United States after
teing barred from re-entry is a dimne
that, until recently, was seldom prose-
cuted. But armed with increased
resources, authorities are charging
these immigrants as never before, tak-
ing advantage of new laws that provide
for prison sentences of up to 20 year
prosecutor general, whom Yeltsin is
seeking to oust, has threatened 'to
expose high-level corruption if"he
doesn't keep his job, and Yeltsin ,has
hinted that he may reshuffle the.
ernment yet again.
Election offers hope
to war-weary Algeria
PARIS -- Optimism has been a
scarce commodity in Algeria for- as
long as most of its 30 million people
can remember - as scarce as food' and
schooling, and housing, and jobs,en
certainly as scarce as peace and
More than 75,000 Algerians have
died since 1992 in one of the decade's
dirtiest but least-visible civil wars.The
conflict has pitted a government domi-
nated by generals against shadowy
guerrillas who kill in the namWe f
Islam, but it has left few families
Yet now, Algerians are permitfing
themselves their first taste of h
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