Former President Carter says he doesn't think President Clinton told the truth in his grand jury testimony and expects that the Republican majority in the House will vote to impeach him.
"But it is also my prediction that the Senate will not marshal the two-thirds vote that will be required to remove the president," Carter, a Democrat, said in a question-and-answer session with Emory University students.
Carter said Tuesday he did not believe Clinton told the truth either in his Jan. 17 deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit or during his Aug. 17 testimony for the grand jury led by special prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr.
He said he has "deplored and been deeply embarrassed about" Clinton's relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky.
"And I have also deplored and been embarrassed by the reaction to it, the overemphasis of it, the matter in which a very serious political and legal issue has been addressed," he said.
Clinton tape gives free plugs
This week's broadcast of President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony wasn't such a bad deal for some companies who got free advertising.
Clinton, who regularly sipped from cans of Diet Coke and Canada Dry ginger ale in view of the camera, gave the soda world its largest unintended free advertising buzz since the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings. (Remember the Coke can incident with the alleged "hair?")
Thanks to Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr's report, which is awash with products, brand names and trademarks (Hugo Boss ties, Sarah McLachlan CD, etc.), millions of Americans now know that Ms. Lewinsky's infamous navy blue dress came from the Gap.
Jones' lawyers dispute remark
WASHINGTON -- Paula Jones' lawyers on Tuesday disputed President Clinton's assertion in his Aug. 17 grand jury testimony that her sexual harassment lawsuit against the president was "bogus," calling the statement an effort to "rationalize his inexcusable behavior."
Donovan Campbell, one of the lawyers, also scoffed at Clinton's explanation for denying that he had "sexual relations" with Monica S. Lewinsky.
"Apparently, Mr. Clinton, a trained lawyer and past law professor, is one of the few human beings in this country incapable of understanding the definition of sexual relations," Campbell said.
"Criminal defendants are sent to jail every week in this country based on that definition," which he said came directly from the U.S. Criminal Code.
In his grand jury testimony, Clinton accused Mrs. Jones' lawyers of trying to set him up.
"I deplored what they were doing," Clinton said. "I deplored the innocent people they were terrorizing and traumatizing. . . . This was a bogus lawsuit."
Fewer papers print all of text
Some newspapers that printed Kenneth W. Starr's entire report on the Monica S. Lewinsky affair decided not to print word-for-word coverage of President Clinton's grand jury testimony.
"We didn't think there was very much new information here," said Chicago Tribune ombudsman George Langford, whose paper published excerpts of Clinton and Lewinsky's grand jury testimony in Tuesday's newspapers after reprinting all of Starr's report in its Sept. 12 edition.
Some editors declined to rehash the often-steamy details of Clinton's affair with the former White House intern. The deluge of broadcasts of Clinton's videotaped testimony also made editors wary of overkill.
In addition, the Clinton testimony was difficult for newspapers to reprint because it was not made available in easy-to-use formats.
Still, several newspapers that reprinted Starr's report, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, published full transcripts of Clinton's testimony.
Live TV outdraws videotape
NEW YORK -- When it comes to watching Clinton, TV viewers seem to prefer him live.
At least 22.5 million viewers tuned in Monday to watch Clinton's taped testimony before Kenneth Starr's grand jury, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
The audience for the four-hour duel between Clinton and prosecutors was dwarfed by the 67.6 million people who tuned in during prime-time Aug. 17 to see Clinton speak to the nation hours after he addressed the grand jury.