Lewinsky Returns To Washington

Monica Lewinsky returned to Washington on Thursday to be with her mother.

"She is going home to the Watergate," said her lawyer, William Ginsburg. "And we have no business planned. She needs time to be with her mother."

Special prosecutor Kenneth Starr is expected to call Lewinsky before a federal grand jury sometime next week. Her mother, Marcia Lewis, has already testified for two days before the grand jury. Further testimony from Lewis was put off after she was so shaken by the questioning that she required medical attention.

"Her mother needs her right now," Ginsburg said. "This is a family thing." Lewinsky had been in California, where she was visiting with her father.

Negotiations to broker a deal under which Lewinsky herself would testify remained at a stalemate as the former White House intern returned to be near her mother.

In the absence of testimony from Lewinsky, Starr has pursued other witnesses and documents that could help prove or disprove allegations of an affair and cover-up. As a result, Secret Service agents at the White House have been subpoened to testify before the grand jury.

CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante reports that the Secret Service subpoenas had been expected for some time and that the Secret Service intends to fight them.

Officials fear that if Secret Service agents can be summoned to court, this will break the bond of trust between the agents and the people they are guarding, Plante reports.

Attorney General Janet Reno and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin reportedly are considering an effort to quash the subpoenas. Questioned about it at a Thursday morning briefing, Reno acknowledged that she was looking into the matter.

CBS News White House correspondent Scott Pelley also reports that a subpoena has been issued to a uniformed officer who usually worked in a security control room below the Oval Office.

In other developments:

  • Retired Secret Service officer Lewis Fox, who was quoted as saying he had seen President Clinton and Lewinsky alone in the Oval Office in 1995, spent less than an hour at the U.S. Courthouse early Thursday and left without comment. It was unclear whether he was actually questioned before the grand jury. White House officials and Secret Service agents have expressed skepticism about her story.

  • Starr has obtained sworn statements of other women questioned in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case about their alleged links to Clinton, lawyers in the case said. Lawyers for Jones this week gave Whitewater prosecutors documents including affidavits related to a half-dozen other women, among them: Gennifer Flowers, who claimed she had a 12-year affair with the president, and Kathleen Willey, who allegedly was groped by Clinton at the White House.

  • Lewinsky's friend, Linda Tripp, came under increasing scrutiny in the state of Maryland for the telephone conversations witLewinsky that she secretly tape-recorded. Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon, who has been criticized for failing to investigate whether Tripp violated the state's wiretap law, said she was handing over the case to Stephen Montanarelli, the state prosecutor.

    Under Maryland law, all parties must consent to record a phone conversation. Montanarelli agreed to take the case, but said he would not go forward with an investigation immediately.

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