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Report: Lewinsky Denied Immunity

April 29, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A federal judge has ruled that former White House intern Monica Lewinsky does not have immunity from prosecution in the investigation into whether President Clinton had a sexual relationship with her and sought to cover it up, television networks reported Wednesday.

The ruling was under seal, CBS and ABC said in their nightly news shows. Ms. Lewinsky’s attorney, William Ginsburg, told CBS that he was not aware of the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, and the office of her other attorney, Nathan Speights, said it also had not be notified of the decision.

Ginsburg had gone to court trying to enforce what he has said was a deal in late January with Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr in which his client would be given immunity for her testimony.

Starr’s investigation on the Lewinsky matter had slowed in recent weeks as the judge weighed several issues, including a dispute between the prosecutor’s and attorneys for Clinton aides who have refused to answer grand jury questions, claiming executive privilege.

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