Secret Service Testimony Gets OK

The Justice and Treasury departments agreed Friday night to limited grand jury questioning of a former Secret Service officer subpoenaed to tell what he knows about President Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The agreement with special prosecutor Kenneth Starr "will ensure that protective techniques and procedures of the Secret Service are not disclosed," the Justice Department said in a three-paragraph statement.

The statement did not spell out exactly what restrictions were to be put on the questioning of former Secret Service uniformed officer Lewis Fox.

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It also did not indicate that this agreement would necessarily apply to grand jury questioning of any other Secret Service agents or officers.

An active duty uniformed officer also has been subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating whether Clinton and Lewinsky had an affair and broke the law by trying to cover it up.

"The Justice and Treasury Departments and the Office of Independent Counsel will continue to discuss these issues as they may arise," the statement said in an apparent, but unstated reference to the possibility that other agents might be questioned.

The Secret Service, an arm of the Treasury Department, is reluctant to have agents testify because it may compromise the bond of trust between agents and the people they are sworn to protect.

Fox's lawyer says his client saw Lewinsky visit Clinton in the Oval Office in 1995, but the retired officer is not sure whether the two were alone.

In other developments:

  • Lewinsky headed back to Washington after a 10-day visit with her father in Los Angeles. Her attorney, William Ginsburg, said she was anxious to be near her mother, Marcia Lewis, who testified before the grand jury for two days this week. Lewis was unable to complete her grand jury testimony.
  • CBS News White House correspondent Scott Pelley reports that Lewis screamed and had an anxiety attack after listeing to transcripts and tape recordings of her daughter. She did not show up for her scheduled testimony on Thursday.

  • Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., defended prosecutor Kenneth Starr and accused the White House of trying to distract attention from the Lewinsky matter by tarnishing the chief investigator.

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