Lewinsky Willing To Face Polygraph


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Monica Lewinsky's attorney said Sunday that he would be willing to submit his client to a polygraph test if she is given immunity by Whitewater prosecutors.

Attorney William Ginsburg, appearing on CBS's Face the Nation said, "If she is given full immunity and what-not in order to verify that she is telling the truth - and I am sure that she is telling the truth - I'd be happy to submit her to a polygraph test."

Ginsburg has been trying to negotiate immunity for Lewinsky in exchange for her testimony before Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Starr is investigating whether Lewinsky, a former White House intern, had an affair with the president and whether Mr. Clinton asked her to lie about it.

On Saturday, after a week of talks failed to produce an agreement with Starr's office, Ginsburg announced that he and his client were going to California this week so Lewinsky could visit her father. Since then, he said this morning, he has received a phone call from the prosecutors. "I think they are interested in where we are going and when we will be back," he said.

Ginsburg, who described his client as "emotionally devastated" said the trip was a chance to give Lewinsky time away from Washington. "She wants to go shopping; she wants to take a walk in the park; she wants to do the things that normal people want to do," he said.

Several magazines have been reporting that Lewinsky refused to provide an affidavit denying a sexual relationship with the president until she had gotten job assurances. Questioned about that, Ginsburg said, "I'm not aware of that."

He did, however, cite attorney/client privilege when asked whether Lewinsky had met with the president after she had been subpoenaed in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

Ginsburg also was questioned about whether White House staffer Bruce Lindsey, who has been subpoenaed to testify before the Whitewater grand jury, wrote the "talking points" that Lewinsky allegedly gave to a colleague who also was subpoenaed in the Jones case. "I don't believe he did, but I have no knowledge of thatÂ….. They don't look like lawyer words to me."