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Friday, September 11, 1998 Published at 21:16 GMT


Highlights: The Starr report



The Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report has concluded that President Clinton's behaviour "may constitute grounds for an impeachment". Here are the highlights of the report. Click on the right hand link to see the White House's preliminary rebuttal, based on earlier leaks.

Conclusion:

"The president has pursued a strategy of deceiving the American public and Congress since January 1998, delaying and impeding the criminal investigation for seven months".

"In view of the enormous trust and responsibility attendant to his high office, the president has a manifest duty to ensure that his conduct at all times complies with the law of the land."

"In sum, perjury and acts that obstruct justice by any citizen - whether in a criminal case, a grand jury investigation, a congressional hearing, a civil trial, or civil discovery - are profoundly serious matters. When such acts are committed by the president of the United States, we believe those acts 'may constitute grounds for an impeachment."'

The 11 grounds for possible impeachment include:

  • Mr Clinton lied under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky
  • Mr Clinton lied under oath to the grand jury about his sexual relationship with Ms Lewinsky
  • He lied under oath during the Jones deposition when he stated he could not recall being alone with Ms Lewinsky and minimised the number of gifts they had exchanged
  • Mr Clinton lied under oath in his civil deposition concerning conversations with Ms Lewinsky about her involvement in the Jones case
  • He tried to obstruct justice by "engaging in a pattern of activity to conceal evidence" regarding his relationship with Ms Lewinsky from the judicial process in the Jones case
  • Mr Clinton came to an understanding with Ms Lewinsky that they would lie under oath in the Jones case about their relationship and tried to obstruct justice by suggesting that Ms Lewinsky file an affidavit so that "she would not be deposed, she would not contradict his testimony and he could attempt to avoid questions about Ms Lewinsky at the deposition"
  • He tried to obstruct justice by helping Ms Lewinsky obtain a job in New York at a time when she would have been a witness against him were she to tell the truth
  • He lied under oath in describing his conversation with Vernon Jordan about Ms Lewinsky
  • Mr Clinton tried to obstruct justice by attempting to influence the testimony of his Oval Office secretary, Betty Currie
  • He tried to obstruct justice by refusing to testify for seven months while simultaneously lying to potential grand jury witnesses, knowing they would relay the falsehoods to the grand jury
  • He committed acts since 17 January, 1998, regarding his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that were "inconsistent with the president's constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws"


Click here to access the BBC's mirror site of the Starr Report





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