The former director of fund-raising for Paula Corbin Jones' legal fund is fighting a subpoena by President Clinton's attorneys for donor records on grounds that the FBI is already investigating incidents of harassment and contributors must be protected.
While careful not to implicate Clinton's legal team with her allegations of wiretapping and theft, Washington public-relations executive Cindy Hays said Saturday that the subpoena is "just another form of their harassment."
Robert Bennett, Clinton's lead attorney in Mrs. Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit, "is thinking 'Let's bother them a little bit more . . . let's see how miserable we can make everybody involved," Ms. Hays said.
Bennett had Ms. Hays served two weeks ago with a subpoena asking for "all documents in her possession or control concerning or relating to Paula Jones."
In papers to be entered into court Monday, Ms. Hays asks the U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark., for a protective order claiming, "the release of information regarding the confidential donors to the Paula Jones Legal Fund can reasonably be expected to lead to reprisals against those individuals."
In a sworn affidavit, Ms. Hays, who severed ties to Mrs. Jones' fund over the summer, alleges that since January, she has been "terrorized" by unknown persons who broke into her office, tampered with the burglar alarm, wiretapped telephone and computer lines, stole files and copied documents.
The incidents began four days after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit against Clinton, Ms. Hays swears in the affidavit. She said the FBI computer crime squad undertook surveillance at Ms. Hays' firm after a July 15 phone conversation with an assistant U.S. attorney was tapped into and the intercepter played the French tune "Frere Jacques" on a telephone keypad.
An FBI spokesman refused to comment Saturday.
Bennett said Saturday he was looking for evidence of Ms. Jones' motive and bias. "We say from Day One that Paula Jones is being controlled by people who want to harm the president. Mrs. Hays is a player in this and we're entitled to her records."
Meanwhile, U.S. News and World Report said in Saturday's editions that Clinton's health checkup last week revealed no distinguishing features on his sexual organs, contrary to a central claim in the Jones' suit.
The magazine said the exam Oct. 3, during which Clinton was examined by a urologist, revealed no "distinguishing characteristics, blemishes or abnormalities" on his genitals.
Ms. Jones has filed an affidavit identifying anatomical features that she said would prove that then-Gov. Clinton exposed himself to her in an Arkansas hotel room in 1991.
Ms. Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, alleges that Clinton made sexual advances toward her during the 1991 encounter. Clinton denies the allegations and says he cannot remember meeting Ms. Jones.
The magazine reported Friday that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the president to settle the case although she believes her husband did nothing wrong.
But Clinton has decided to seek full exoneration of Ms. Jones' charges in court, the magazine said.
Ms. Jones recently rejected a reported settlement offer of $700,000 and a statement from Clinton attesting to her character.