Second Video Bombshell Puts Clinton on Brink Again; SHAMIMG OF A PRESIDENT: DOUBLE BILL SHOCKER SET TO ROCK WASHINGTON AS BLAIR FLIES IN TO STAND BY HIS PAL

By Bletchly, Rachael | The People (London, England), September 20, 1998 | Go to article overview

Second Video Bombshell Puts Clinton on Brink Again; SHAMIMG OF A PRESIDENT: DOUBLE BILL SHOCKER SET TO ROCK WASHINGTON AS BLAIR FLIES IN TO STAND BY HIS PAL


Bletchly, Rachael, The People (London, England)


SHAMED President Bill Clinton is bracing himself for a new "video nasty" ordeal as the Zippergate scandal takes yet another sensational twist.

US Congressmen are set to release a SECOND damning tape of Mr Clinton testifying about sex.

The video of his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case in January could be made public within days.

The latest bombshell for the White House comes as Prime Minister Tony Blair prepares to fly into New York tomorrow for a meeting with the President.

In the new tape, Mr Clinton denies having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.

But the four-hour video of his grand jury testimony - due to be beamed around the globe tomorrow - reveals him confessing to the affair.

Viewed side by side, the two tapes - being branded the video double Bill - could provide devastating evidence that he did commit perjury.

Last night, one Washington observer said: "Showing both these videos together will mean more than double trouble for the President.

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"They really may be the final nails in his coffin. There are startling discrepancies between the two tapes and Mr Clinton's answers to questions about Miss Lewinsky.

"Seen in such contrast, the American people may decide there is clear proof Mr Clinton lied under oath."

Congressmen have also agreed to publish more highly-explicit evidence of sexual encounters contained in an extra 2,800 pages of prosecutor Kenneth Starr's investigation. The details are described as "so sleazy it will make your toes curl".

Democrats denounced the move as a determined effort to discredit the President.

And last night, they were pulling out all the stops to try to block the release of the Jones tape - made at a law office near the White House.

In his report to Congress, Mr Starr said the statements made by Mr Clinton on the two videos were "difficult to reconcile."

But he claimed they were "valuable" in making a proper assessment of whether the President should be impeached.

He suggested that Congress should obtain the earlier tape to make up its own mind.

Henry Hyde, Republican Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, agreed.

He wrote to Judge Susan Webber Wright, who presided over the Jones case in Arkansas, asking for the tape.

She handed over one of only three copies which had been made.

Mr Hyde told reporters he expects the tape will soon be made public in the same way as the grand jury video. …

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