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Lewinsky Tells Her Tale

Monica Lewinsky has told her entire story, under oath, to a grand jury. She is through with her testimony unless prosecutors need her to come back to clear up a specific point, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Scott Pelley reports.

Lewinsky left the federal courthouse Thursday night in the company of her defense team. She is said to be relieved. Sources say prosecutors feel her testimony was complete, but they reserve the possibility she could be recalled, perhaps after the president testifies. She testified before the grand jury for more than six hours.

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Lewinsky's spokeswoman, Judy Smith, said the former White House intern testified "truthfully, completely and honestly" before the grand jury.

"Monica and her family are relieved that this ordeal finally appears to be coming to an end," Smith said.

Sources tell CBS News Lewinsky testified that she did have an affair with Mr. Clinton and that she and the president agreed to conceal evidence that could be used against him in a civil law suit.

The criminal investigation of the president reached its critical moment when Lewinsky entered the courthouse, one of only two witnesses who know the whole truth. After a hug from one of her lawyers, Lewinsky was taken to the grand jury room. She entered in the company of prosecutors, by law her defense team waited outside.

In the large room known as the trustee hearing room, Lewinsky sat at a raised table, a team of prosecutors seated in front of her and the 23-member grand jury on her left.

Sources tell CBS News prosecutors planned "intense and concentrated" testimony including her allegations that:

  • She and Mr. Clinton did have a sexual relationship beginning in 1995.
  • They discussed denying the affair when faced with testifying in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit.
  • Mr. Clinton suggested she get rid of gifts he gave her after they were subpoenaed in the Jones case.
  • Lewinsky also testified that she had a number of liaisons in the Oval Office suite.

This contradicts Mr. Clinton's sworn testimony in the Jones suit. Under oath, Mr. Clinton said:

  • "I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky."
  • "I saw her on two or three occasions ... "
  • As for gifts, Mr. Clinton said, "I don't remember a specific gift."

Four days later he laid down his only public denial.

"I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I am going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anyboy to lie, not a single time, never. These allegations are false," the president said.

The White House had little to say about the Lewinsky's testimony.

"The view here is that we're hopeful that a four-year investigation that cost upwards of $40 million is finally coming to a conclusion," said Deputy Press Secretary Barry Toiv.

Lewinsky was granted blanket immunity by special prosecutor Ken Starr in exchange for her testimony. However, in the Paula Jones case, which was dismissed, she had denied having a sexual relationship with the president.

In other developments, the FBI is coninuing to test a dress that Lewinsky handed over as evidence. She alleged that dress was stained with Mr. Clinton's semen.

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