Anger at Lewinsky 'Squeeze'

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WASHINGTON: While the White House stays muted, Monica Lewinsky's attorney is displaying the one thing we haven't yet seen from the main players in "Interngate:" Emotion. "I may be the only person in the country, apart from her parents, who actually cares about Monica," William Ginsburg told CNN. It may be nothing more than a legal tactic make the public sympathetic to his client. But amid the determined silence from other leading players in the scandal Clinton, Tripp and Lewinsky herself Ginsburg's indignant quotes seem likely to be devoured by a hungry public.

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.