He won't need to hurry. In theory, Clinton could be sitting in front of a grand jury at the federal courthouse Tuesday morning with no attorney and only a Secret Service retinue for company. But in practice, the President's lawyer and stonewalling supremo, David Kendall, looks set to keep Starr's subpoena at bay a little while longer. As one Kendall friend told TIME: "He knows how to fight trench warfare, and he's good at it."
While refusing to testify is hardly an option if Clinton wants to keep House Democrats in his corner, the President can reasonably expect to hold out for a while -- taking advantage of a momentary lapse of consensus in the GOP. Sunday saw Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Senate Judiciary chair, fresh from battle with Bill Gates, warning darkly that Congress could be entertaining the Clinton matter soon if the commander in chief turns down the chance to testify. But as Hatch's fellow committee member and GOP luminary Arlen Specter told CNN, "I rechecked the Constitution. I do not believe ignoring a subpoena would be grounds for impeachment." We'll know soon enough.