The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 3, 1998 · Page 7
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 3, 1998
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WASHINGTON FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1998 A7 V •JONES CASE DISMISSED relieved case is off Afnericans say they w&nt an end to probes of president's sex life By; NANCY BENAC The Associated Press Many Americans seem to be breathing a sigh of relief that Paula Jones' lawsuit against President Clinton won't go to trial — and they'd like to see the Monica Lewinsky investigation wrapped up, too. '!! think it's about time," said Ga|il Page, a nurse taking a lunchtime walk in downtown Chicago. The controversy is "an embarrassment to the United Stages and to his family." Vanna Parr, a college administrator sipping coffee in an outdoor Dallas cafe, said she's sick of hearing about Clinton's personal life. "I just want it out of the news," she said. "Frankly, I don't quite care who he slept with." Steve Stark, another of those questioned by Associated Press reporters around the country Thursday, offered this thought from his citizens' watch patrol in DeS Moines, Iowa: "It's time we just move on." Polls bear out the notion that Americans don't have much stomach for investigating the president's personal conduct. A USA Today-CNN-Gallup poll conducted after the Jones case was dismissed Wednesday suggested that 63 percent of Americans thought federal Judge Susan Webber Wright did the right thing in throwing out the case while 25 percent thought she made the wrong call. Furthermore, 67 per- cerit said they want an end to all investigations into sexual allega- tiojis against the president. Likewise, 53 percent of those polled by CBS supported the dismissal of the lawsuit. Among those who had already heard abput the ruling, the sentiment T STARR INVESTIGATION "Frankly, I don't quite care who he slept with." Vanna Parr college administrator was 3-1 in favor. "It's time to get back to the business of taking care of what we need to take care of in this country," said Dean Davis, who works at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. Still, there are other Americans who think there are legal questions yet to be asked and answered about the president's conduct. "I'd like to know if politicians high up are covering things up," said James Knox, a phone company service representative in Maiden, Mass. "We have a right to know his actions." John Dodion, a banker in Albuquerque, N.M., said he's disappointed the Jones case won't go to trial because the truth may never come out. "Maybe she didn't have a criminal case but maybe there's a moral case," he said. "What's the real truth in this? Does anybody know?" Dennie Tyrone Glasper, drinking coffee on a downtown bench in Dayton, Ohio, said prosecutor Kenneth Starr should continue his investigation into allegations the president had sexual relations with a former White House intern and urged her to lie about it. "If you cannot take care of your own staff, you cannot be equipped to take care of the country," he said. Larry Hugick, director of political surveys at Princeton Survey Research, said the latest polls reflect the judgment that many Americans made early on that the allegations against Clinton "weren't worth losing a president over." Starr says witnesses need to cooperate He's under growing pressure to wrap up investigation of Clinton By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Under growing pressure after the Paula Jones ruling, Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr said Thursday the refusal of some grand jury witnesses to cooperate is delaying completion of his criminal investi- gatjon of the Clintons. He also said the judge's decision throwing out Jones' lawsuit does not; weaken his investigation. "In that civil case, you cannot defile the temple of justice ... through ... subornation of perjury, intimidation of witnesses and obstruction of justice," Starr told reporters. He added that he hopes no such criminal acts were committed' but said he will continue to gather the facts. "It will do nothing to Ken Stajr," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi said of the Jones case dismissal. "This won't affect his case. I think there has been pressure on him to get to a conclusion, but it's pretty hard for him to get to a conclusion when the White House won't submit facts or tell the truth." Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli of New Jersey said: "Clearly Ken Starr is going to have to enter into an exit strategy. "Ken Starr has now established himself as a potential significant loser," said Torricelli. With polls showing most Americans want a quick end to investigations into sexual allegations against the president, Starr said, "we don't control the clock." He added, "We're doing everything that we can to move very, very quickly." Conservative cash for witness? Attorney General Janet Reno on Thursday said allegations that Whitewater witness David Hale got The Associated Press Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr talks to reporters outside his home Thursday. financial assistance from conservative activists while he was cooperating with independent counsel Kenneth Starr "must be pursued." Reno is considering whether the allegations should be investigated by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, by Starr, who has authority to probe obstruction of his investigation, or by the federal judge in Arkansas who heard Hale's testimony in the Whitewater case, said a Justice Department official. 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