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Jury Hears From Willey Friend

The Monica Lewinsky grand jury has heard from the friend who cast doubt on Kathleen Willey's allegation of a crude sexual advance by President Clinton.

Julie Hiatt Steele swore in an affidavit that Willey never told her about the alleged 1993 advance. But later she said Willey had asked her to lie, and claim she had confided in Steele about it.

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Willey, a former White House aide, is cooperating with Kenneth Starr's probe of President Clinton's relationship with Lewinsky, a former White House intern, and alleged efforts to cover it up.

White House deputy chief of staff John Podesta also showed up at the Washington courthouse Thursday. But he left a short while later, without testifying.

Podesta had helped find Lewinsky a job. Prosecutors want to know whether the White House offered Lewinsky help in finding work in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with the president.

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