Saturday, September 12, 1998 Published at 20:38 GMT 21:38 UK
President rejects Starr's 'smear campaign'
The president shares a laugh with his staff hours before the rebuttal
Click here to access the BBC's mirror site of the Starr Report and here to access the latest White House response.
The 42-page rebuttal - which follows a preliminary rebuttal issued ahead of publication of the Starr report - says each of the prosecutor's arguments are focused on sex, that the report is a "hit-and-run smear campaign" and does not warrant impeachment of the President.
The Starr report lists 11 charges which could force the President out of the White House.
Mr Clinton's private attorneys, led by David Kendall, and White House lawyers, led by Charles Ruff, countered the report's charges saying: "The President did not commit perjury. He did not obstruct justice. he did not tamper with witnesses. And he did not abuse the power of the office of the Presidency."
President Clinton's lawyers said his actions were wrong: "But such acts do not even approach the Constitutional test of impeachment - treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanours."
"We have sought ... to begin the process of rebutting charges against the President - charges legal experts have said would not even be brought against a private citizen," the latest rebuttal concluded.
He says the polls show that if the public believed the President committed perjury it could bring him down.
"I do not believe this report serves as the basis for overturning the judgement of the American people ... that Bill Clinton should be their president," Mr Gore said.
In his weekly radio broadcast to the nation, he said it had been an "exhausting and difficult week".
He stressed his primary mission was to continue his work for the American people, with a call to focus on the real issues facing the USA.
Testing public opinion
With mid-term elections approaching, public opinion will now be all-important.
Most Congressmen have reserved judgement on the Starr report, saying they wanted to wait to read the president's defence.
Democratic Congressmen have already dispersed to their districts to sample the views of their constituents, which will no doubt play a crucial role in determining their own support for the president.
According to early polls, about 60% of Americans still support the president's term in office.
As the battle lines are drawn, and the lurid details in the Starr report sink in, opinion could sway either way.
What next for Clinton?
If so, the committee can begin formal impeachment hearings.
But such hearings would probably not begin until January next year, once the new Congress starts work.
Once impeached, Mr Clinton would go before the Senate for what would, in effect be a trial.
But as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Henry Hyde, says, for now they are "at the beginning of a long climb up a steep mountain".