Lewinsky faked letter for college friend, paper...

Clinton Digest

January 27, 1998

PORTLAND, ORE. — Lewinsky faked letter for college friend, paper says

PORTLAND, Ore. -- While attending Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Monica Lewinsky allegedly used school stationery to write a phony letter to help someone she knew continue receiving unemployment benefits, the Oregonian reported Sunday, quoting an unidentified source.

A college spokeswoman, Jean Kempe-Ware, said the school encouraged an employee who kept a copy of the document to turn it over to the Whitewater prosecutor, Kenneth W. Starr. Kempe-Ware refused to discuss the specific contents of the letter or identify the employee.

Jesse Jackson says Chelsea is doing well

Chelsea Clinton is weathering the storm surrounding her father with "a maturity that is beyond her years," the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson said yesterday. He spoke with her over the weekend.

"She grew up in the house of a governor and a president," Jackson said. "She was born and bred in the heat of battle. That contributed mightily to her maturity."

President Clinton's only child has remained in school at Stanford University since the allegations of an affair broke last week.

McCurry complains of 'chasing vapor trails'

White House spokesman Mike McCurry complained yesterday that he had spent an entire day Sunday "chasing vapor trails" from an ABC News report that there was a witness to an encounter between President Clinton and a former intern.

When ABC White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said he didn't know the source of the report, McCurry retorted, "If you don't, why did you put it on?"

Later yesterday, McCurry took issue with a report in the Washington Post that Clinton has acknowledged a nonsexual friendship with Lewinsky to friends. "He categorically denies your story yesterday," he told reporter John Harris.

Charges don't change Clinton's rating in poll

Allegations that President Clinton had an affair have not dimmed the public's view of how he is handling his job, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll taken over the weekend.

The president's handling of his job remains high at 56 percent, virtually unchanged from 58 percent in a Times/CBS News Poll in December.

Only 40 percent said he shares their moral values, compared with 55 percent in October of 1996, just weeks before he was re-elected. From wire reports

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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