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Clinton Statement on Allegation

January 23, 1998

Comments by President Clinton Thursday on allegations that he had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky The question was asked during a photo session with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Q. Could you clarify for us, sir, exactly what your relationship was with Ms. Lewinsky and whether the two of you talked by phone, including any messages she may have left?

President Clinton: Let me say, first of all, I want to reiterate what I said yesterday. The allegations are false, and I would never ask anybody to do anything other than tell the truth. Let’s get to the big issues there _ about the nature of the relationship and whether I suggested anybody not tell the truth. That is false.

Now there are a lot of other questions that are, I think, very legitimate. You have a right to ask them. You and the American people have a right to get answers. We are working very hard to comply, get all the requests for information up here. And we will give you as many answers as we can, as soon as we can, at the appropriate time, consistent with our obligation to also cooperate with the investigations. And that’s not a dodge; that’s really what I’ve talked (about) with our people. I want to do that. I’d like for you have more rather than less, sooner rather than later.

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