Keeping It Secret

In private sessions with Starr, the Secret Service is balking at his questions. Is a showdown inevitable?

The meeting last Friday was so secret that no one who attended would admit it had taken place, much less where. The scene inside the conference room just off Pennsylvania Avenue was potentially so contentious that the Secret Service officers needed their own kind of bodyguard. They came flanked by Justice Department lawyers, whose mission was to throw themselves in front of any question that could pierce the Secret Service's impulse for protection. Again and again, Ken Starr's prosecutors fired questions they have been asking in similar sessions for weeks: What exactly can Secret Service officers see from their posts in...

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