Wednesday, January 27, 1999 Published at 12:43 GMT
Witness list cut to three
Monica Lewinsky left Washington on Tuesday
Three witnesses in President Clinton's impeachment trial will be questioned over the weekend in the presence of one senator from each party.
Prosecutors have also formally asked the Senate to invite President Clinton himself to appear at a deposition, but he has ruled that out.
He also said it was exceedingly important that Mr Clinton made himself available for questioning.
President Clinton's lawyer David Kendall had ridiculed the call for witnesses, comparing the managers to a dithering character in a novel by Charles Dickens.
"The house managers are like the character in David Copperfield, Mr Micawber, who was always hoping that something would turn up.
Witness list trimmed
"They have told us the shorter the list, the more likely an affirmative vote," lead prosecutor Henry Hyde told reporters.
"We have to be realistic. It's not our call, it's their call."
Mr Jordan, a long-time friend of the President, helped find Ms Lewinsky a job around the time she emerged as a subpoenaed figure in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
Mr Blumenthal was one of the aides to whom President Clinton first denied having a sexual relationship with Ms Lewinsky after the controversy erupted.
President Clinton was in St Louis on Tuesday, meeting Pope John Paul II.
White House warns of delay
"No matter how much you slim down the witness list there is still going to be delay," Mr Lockhart said.
Ms Lewinsky decided on Tuesday to leave Washington, where she had been interviewed by the House prosecutors.
Her lawyer, Plato Cacheris said: "She and I hope that she will not have to testify. If she's needed, they issue a proper document to get her back here, she will return."
Ms Lewinsky's lawyers have said she had told the prosecutors nothing that was not already on record.
A new opinion poll, meanwhile, shows two-thirds of Americans want the Senate to end the trial immediately.
The poll, for CNN/USA Today/Gallup, shows only 30% of those asked want to see the trial to continue.