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Clinton To Answer 81 Questions

November 27, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton was studying draft answers to 81 questions from the House Judiciary Committee and, after a round of golf this morning, planned to shorten his holiday weekend and finalize the impeachment-related document.

Three weeks after committee Chairman Henry Hyde sent the president the questions about his truthfulness in the Monica Lewinsky affair, officials said today that Clinton and his family would return to the White House from the Camp David presidential retreat. After a final review of his counsel’s work on the answers, he would sign them and submit them to Hyde, said White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.

White House aides advised reporters that there would be no ``bombshells″ in Clinton’s response, which is expected to closely track his grand jury testimony and public denials of wrongdoing in the furor that has led to a House impeachment inquiry on possible charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

``Nothing caught my eye″ as surprising, Lockhart said of a draft he reviewed earlier this week.

Hyde, R-Ill., who first relayed the 81 questions on Nov. 5, wrote Clinton on Wednesday and demanded that he respond by Monday or face a subpoena. But Lockhart said the Clinton family’s casual decision to return from their holiday at Camp David was unrelated to the yet-unanswered questions.

While the White House counsel’s office has the response to Hyde prepared, Clinton’s ``attitude was, ’Let’s just do this when I get back,‴ Lockhart said.

In his letter, Hyde also told Clinton that ``you, or your counsel″ could appear as a witness as early as Dec. 8, and could call other defense witnesses.

The letter additionally admonished the president for failing ``to provide any exculpatory information″ or ``contest a single fact″ submitted to the House by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.

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