EX-SECRET SERVICE AGENT TO GIVE TESTIMONY IN CLINTON SEX PROBE.Byline: Angie Cannon Knight Ridder
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The government agreed late Friday to let a former Secret Service agent who worked at the White House answer limited questions before a federal grand jury investigating whether President Clinton had an affair and lied about it.
The agreement does not cover current agents - an important distinction because the Secret Service has long maintained that its agents must be able to guard the nation's presidents without being questioned later about what they see and hear.
The Treasury and Justice departments have been negotiating with Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office about what can be asked of agents without jeopardizing their role as presidential protectors. And Attorney General Janet Reno Janet Reno (born July 21, 1938) was the first and to date only female Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001). She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11. said Friday night that Starr's office has agreed to ``ensure that protective techniques and procedures of the Secret Service are not disclosed.''
Officials refused to elaborate on the questions the retired agent could be asked.
That former agent, Lewis C. Fox, has been quoted in news accounts as saying that while he was on duty at the White House, Monica Lewinsky Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted (after initially denying) to having had an "inappropriate relationship" while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. brought documents to Clinton in the Oval Office several times on weekends. Fox appeared briefly at the grand jury Thursday but did not testify. He is expected back next week.
A Justice Department official, who asked not to be named, said Friday night that no decision has been made regarding the subpoena subpoena (səpē`nə) [Lat.,=under penalty], in law, an order to a witness to appear before a court. A subpoena ad testificandum [Lat. issued to a current Secret Service officer. Government lawyers and Starr's prosecutors will continue their discussions on that subject.
Reno said the Justice and Treasury departments are committed to ``ensuring that the protective functions of the Secret Service and the safety of the president are not jeopardized by questioning of current and former Secret Service personnel.''
The Secret Service is an arm of the Treasury Department. But it is Justice Department attorneys who have argued on their behalf in negotiations with Starr's office, saying that such interrogation interrogation
In criminal law, process of formally and systematically questioning a suspect in order to elicit incriminating responses. The process is largely outside the governance of law, though in the U.S. would undermine the trust between any president and the agents who are responsible for his safety.
Those objections have been part of the legal and political criticism of Starr's investigation, centered now on allegations that Clinton had an illicit relationship with Lewinsky, a former White House intern, then tried to conceal it. The president vehemently denies the allegation.
Starr's investigation has been played out in public. There has been a daily parade of willing and unwilling witnesses making their way through a media gantlet for an inquisition Inquisition (ĭn'kwĭzĭsh`ən), tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church established for the investigation of heresy. The Medieval Inquisition
In the early Middle Ages investigation of heresy was a duty of the bishops. before a panel of 23 grand jurors.
They've left behind indelible images: Lewinsky's mother, Marcia Lewis Marcia Lewis (born August 8, 1938) is an American character actress.
Born in Melrose, Massachusetts and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lewis made her Broadway debut in the original production of Hello, Dolly!. , her lip quivering after a two-day grilling about her daughter's sex life. Betty Currie Betty Currie (born Betty Grace Williams November 10, 1939) was the personal secretary for Bill Clinton during his tenure as President of the United States. She became well-known as a figure in the Lewinsky scandal for her alleged handling of gifts given to Monica Lewinsky , her arms tucked in a protective clutch as she waded through the cameras and boom microphones.
And out of Starr's offices has come a raft of subpoenas - for Secret Service officers and for women other than Lewinsky alleged to have had sexual relations sexual relations
1. Sexual intercourse.
2. Sexual activity between individuals. with Clinton at some point in his past.