January 27, 1998

"I want to say one thing to the American people. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie. Not a single time. Never. These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people."

President Clinton

"She very much sets an example for people here about getting about your work. She's out publicly and setting a very helpful tone."

Ann Lewis, White House communications director on Hillary Clinton.

"I think I believe him. I'm confident he'll be acquitted of [the] Paula Jones [sexual harassment lawsuit], and it's hard to believe he would be as unequivocal about Monica Lewinsky if there was any evidence of an affair."

Rep. James P. Moran, a Democrat from Northern Virginia.

"The stakes are enormous for him right now. The country wants to see he is in command."

Don Baer, Clinton's former communications director

"Once you get in, it's totally private. I mean, the president could make love all day long in the Oval Office or the study, and nobody would know what's he's doing."

Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary to Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan.

"If he was lying, it was a core lie, a central lie, and I think we ought to hold our president to higher standards than Joe and Sally Citizen. The law is that anybody can be held to a perjury standard in a civil deposition. Normally, we don't think it's worth it to pursue these people. I think it is worth it to pursue a president."

4 Charles W. Wolfram, Cornell Law School professor

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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