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Jordan Questions Lewinsky’s Claims

October 14, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Calling into question testimony by Monica Lewinsky, a lawyer for Vernon Jordan said Wednesday the presidential confidant never suggested Ms. Lewinsky should destroy drafts of letters she had written to President Clinton.

In response to questions, attorney William Hundley also said Jordan has no recollection that Ms. Lewinsky ever told him that she had engaged in sexually explicit phone conversations with Clinton.

Hundley’s comments come as investigators on the House Judiciary Committee review prosecutors’ evidence that reflects different accounts in the testimony of Jordan, the presidential golfing partner, and Ms. Lewinsky.

Ms. Lewinsky testified Aug. 6 that she told Jordan at his office last Dec. 22 that she engaged in sexually explicit phone conversations with Clinton. She said the reference to phone sex was her way of letting Jordan know she had an intimate relationship with Clinton.

Jordan testified that he and Ms. Lewinsky talked in his office last Dec. 22 about her getting a job in New York and that he then took her to the office of a lawyer who was going to represent her in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against Clinton.

Ms. Lewinsky also testified that in a Dec. 31 breakfast conversation with Jordan at a hotel, he indicated she should destroy drafts of notes she had sent the president. Jordan testified he never had breakfast with Ms. Lewinsky.

Prosecutors never questioned Jordan about Ms. Lewinsky’s testimony on phone sex and document destruction. She did not begin cooperating with prosecutors until July 28, nearly eight weeks after Jordan’s last of five grand jury appearances.

Ms. Lewinsky told the grand jury that in a breakfast conversation regarding notes she wrote Clinton, Jordan ``said, ‘Go home and make sure they’re not there.’ ... I thought that meant ... to go home and search around ... and if there are any copies of notes or anything that I sent or drafts, to throw them away.″ She said she destroyed about 50 pages of notes. She said she had explained to Jordan that she had a friend she didn’t trust anymore, Linda Trip, who might have seen notes to Clinton ``lying around″ Ms. Lewinsky’s residence.

Jordan ``has never told anyone at any time to destroy any records,″ Hundley said. ``As far as the phone sex″ testimony by Ms. Lewinsky, Jordan ``testified that she did say certain things to him about Bill leaving Hillary, that she mentioned the gifts″ exchanged between Clinton and Ms. Lewinsky and ``she mentioned the fact she and Clinton were having phone conversations.″

But regarding Ms. Lewinsky’s testimony that she told Jordan of phone sex, ``he has no recollection of that,″ Hundley said.

Hundley said Jordan has not been recalled by Starr’s office to respond to Ms. Lewinsky’s statements.

``I have not heard from the independent counsel since our last testimony when they told him that except for some extraordinary circumstance we would not be called back,″ Hundley said.

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