Clinton Sails in Search of Support
Dejevsky, Mary, The Independent (London, England)
THE CLINTON family emerged together from their holiday retreat on Martha's Vineyard yesterday to go sailing with the television presenter, Walter Cronkite, who regularly tops polls as "the most trusted man in America".
The carefully staged excursion came as the White House announced plans for Bill Clinton to take time out from his holiday tomorrow to attend a forum on school safety and juvenile crime in the Massachusetts city of Worcester.
While yesterday's foray sent the message of a united family, tomorrow's expedition appears designed to show Mr Clinton re- connecting with the American people. It will be an opportunity for the President to draw strength from his grass-roots support, as he has done so often when under pressure in the past, but also to gauge the harm inflicted by his admission of the affair with the former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.
Mr Clinton's advisers are said to be divided about whether he should say anything more in public about this relationship. While there is a consensus that his televised admission showed insufficient contrition, opinion polls suggest that the United States public has little demand for more. His reception in Worcester could tip the decision one way or the other.
The gradual re-emergence of the President came amid growing speculation that the outcome of the investigation by the independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, could be every bit as damaging to Mr Clinton as the most pessimistic forecasts. A lawyer close to the investigation was quoted as saying that prosecutors had assembled "a mountain" of evidence that Mr Clinton perjured himself over the Lewinsky affair and obstructed justice in trying to cover it up.
If true, these charges would make it extremely difficult for Congress to resist holding impeachment hearings.
It is believed that Mr Starr has evidence to back up not only the contention that Mr Clinton lied under oath when he denied an affair with Ms Lewinsky (which he has now virtually acknowledged), but that efforts to keep the affair - and other indiscretions - quiet entailed the silencing of others, whether by inducements or threats. Mr Starr is expected to present his report - which could run to 600 pages, half of which are …
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Publication information: Article title: Clinton Sails in Search of Support. Contributors: Dejevsky, Mary - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: August 26, 1998. Page number: 11. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.