An Affair Of State

At the heart of Kenneth Starr's explicit but coldly clinical report is a furtive sex drama

The sexual encounters between the President and Monica Lewinsky are rendered in explicit though chilly language. While graphic descriptions may be necessary for Kenneth Starr to prove that Clinton had sex with the former intern under any definition (and thus committed perjury), the referral's bald, footnoted narrative reveals even more complex human intimacies. Initiated the week a budget impasse shut down the government, the furtive, sterile affair has brought Washington to a standstill once again. Excerpts from the report:

NOVEMBER 15, 1995 THE FIRST TRYST

At about 8 p.m., she passed George Stephanopoulos' office. The President was inside alone, and he...

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