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No Clinton Deposition in Court File

October 17, 1998

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ The documents to be released next week on the Internet in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit will not include a transcript of President Clinton’s sworn testimony in the case.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright said Friday the records on file include depositions of Mrs. Jones and defendant Danny Ferguson, but not Clinton.

Lawyers questioned Clinton under oath, but the entire transcript of the interrogation was never made part of the case file. A portion of Clinton’s deposition was filed with Mrs. Jones’ written pleadings; those excerpts already have been on the public record.

The court said it would be unfair to release depositions from Mrs. Jones or Ferguson without Clinton’s Jan. 17 videotaped deposition, so none of the depositions will be released. Wright added that she would be open to releasing any deposition currently held by the parties after they submit it for her review.

Mrs. Jones claims Clinton propositioned her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991, when she was a state employee and he was governor. She says Ferguson, an Arkansas trooper working as Clinton’s bodyguard, arranged the encounter, which she said she spurned.

Wright dismissed Mrs. Jones’ lawsuit April 1, saying Mrs. Jones couldn’t prove that Clinton took steps to penalize her at work because she turned him down.

A videotape of Clinton’s deposition was filed with Wright, who shared it with the House Judiciary Committee investigating Clinton’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. However, Wright has said previously she would not release the video.

Without depositions from Clinton, Ferguson or Mrs. Jones, it wasn’t clear what might be disclosed. The court said it would begin releasing documents at 5 a.m. Monday to the media and on its Web site.

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