Lewinsky, he says, is "mentally devastated." He himself is "angry and upset" at the treatment his client received when the Linda Tripp wire sting went into operation. "How many FBI agents does it take to handle a 24-year-old girl?" Ginsburg asked. His claims: That she was detained by prosecutors for nine hours without counsel. That Kenneth Starr is treating her as "a target" in the investigation — meaning no immunity — and has threatened to subpoena her parents. That Starr wanted to wire Lewinsky — and bug her conversations with the President himself. Starr fired back, issuing a statement that his claims were "wholly erroneous."
And the woman at the center of the storm? Lewinsky's deposition in the Paula Jones suit, scheduled for Friday, has been "postponed indefinitely" by the judge in the case, Susan Webber Wright. A good thing too, because a reporter from CBS tracked Lewinsky down at her mother's apartment in the Watergate hotel. Politely, she declined to comment. Had she needed to leave the building today, the media feeding frenzy would have made yesterday's Kenneth Starr camera-crew-crush look like Sunday brunch.
Clinton, meanwhile, is still under pressure to deliver on Thursday's promise of a press conference. "The American people want answers to these questions and the President wants to be able to give them," media maestro Mike McCurry told the assembled hordes. With subpoenas being issued for his secretary Betty Currie and his confidant Vernon Jordan, not to mention Larry Lawrence's widow, Clinton desperately needs to get a grip on the public's perception — before the "I" word passes too many lips.