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Starr Promises Swift Probe

January 22, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Facing the public for the first time since beginning an investigation of an alleged presidential affair and cover-up, Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr pledged today to move as swiftly as possible and said he was not motivated by politics.

``Our job is to gather facts and to evaluate those facts and to get at the truth,″ Starr said, pointedly dismissing the suggestion he was a Republican out to hurt President Clinton.

Starr said he could not comment on the specifics of the investigation, but said, ``we are moving as promptly as we can.″

Clinton huddled with his legal advisers today to discuss Starr’s subpoena demanding documents about the alleged affair.

During a subsequent photo session with reporters, he emphatically denied that he had an affair with 24-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinksy and later asked her to lie about it. He also promised a fuller accounting of his relationship with the young woman.

``There are a lot of other questions that are, I think, very legitimate,″ Clinton said during an Oval Office appearance with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. ``You have a right to ask them and you and the American people have a right to get answers.″

``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 investigation.″

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