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White House Staffers Testify

Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr and his staff appear to be focusing at jury hearings Thursday on Monica Lewinsky's transfer from a White House job to one at the Pentagon.

Speaking to reporters Thursday morning, Starr said Lewinsky's mother failed in her attempt on Wednesday to be excused from appearances before the jury.


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They also are looking into information being gathered about four women liked to the president by attorneys preparing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Mr. Clinton.

Testifying Thursday morning before a federal grand jury in Washington was Marsha Scott, the White House personnel chief, who previously went before the panel.

On Wednesday, jurors heard from another personnel aide, Jodie Torkelson. In 1996, when Lewinsky was transferred to the Pentagon, Torkelson wrote a memo in which she demanded to be notified if Lewinsky sought another White House job.

Prosecutors looking into an alleged presidential affair with Lewinsky and a possible coverup have focused partly on why Lewinsky was transferred out of the White House in April 1996.

The jury is expected to hear testimony Thursday afternoon from Nancy Hernreich, a confidential assistant to the president who had contact with Lewinsky when she worked in the office of legislative affairs.

On another front, a Washington bookstore has negotiated an agreement with Starr's office to limit a subpoena for records of Lewinsky's purchases.

The original subpoena specified a broad search of receipts, vouchers and other records at Kramerbooks & Afterwords covering a 29-month period. The search will now be limited to a few specific transactions identified by Starr's office.

Prosecutors also are seeking information from Paula Corbin Jones' legal team about four women who may be connected with President Clinton.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is reporting that Starr has subpoenaed material they may have gathered on Juanita Broderick, Dolly Kyle Browning, Beth Coulson and Marilyn Jo Jenkins.

Robert Bennett, Mr. Clinton's personal lawyer, said the subpoenas were a cover for collusion between Starr's office and the Jones legal team.

Starr spokeswoman Debbie Gershman said prosecutors were not working with Jones' lawyers, but had no further comment. T. Wesley Holmes, a lawyer for Jones, said her attorneys would respond to the subpoena, but there was no conspiracy with Starr's office.

Of the four women:

  • Broderick has not been cited before in public in connection with either Jones' case or Starr's investigation.

  • Browning, a Texas lawyer, claims she had a ecades-long relationship with Mr. Clinton. He has denied any sexual relationship with her.

  • Coulson, listed as Jane Doe Number Two in some filings in the Jones case, was named by Mr. Clinton to the state Court of Appeals. Both she and the president have denied under oath that they had any sexual relationship.

  • Jenkins, an Energy Corporation official, was listed as Jane Doe Number One in some filings in the Jones case. She did not respond to a phone message Wednesday. Mr. Clinton said in a deposition in the Jones case that he remembered two visits from Jenkins at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock as he prepared to leave for Washington and the presidency.

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