Jones' lawyers want to talk a 2nd time to woman who says Clinton made a pass Questions reportedly arise about contact with top Md. Democrat

March 06, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Paula Jones want to reinterview another woman who says President Clinton made sexual advances toward her, lawyers with knowledge of Jones' sexual misconduct lawsuit against Clinton said.

Judge Susan Webber Wright, who is presiding over Jones' lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark., is considering the request by Jones' lawyers that they be allowed to conduct a second deposition of the woman, Kathleen Willey.

In a deposition on Jan. 10, Willey testified that Clinton made advances to her at the White House in 1993, said several people with knowledge of her testimony.

The lawyers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Jones' lawyers want to interview Willey again because questions have arisen in recent weeks about the extent of her contact with Nathan Landow, a wealthy Bethesda real estate developer. Landow is a former chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and has been a major party fund-raiser.

The lawyers are said to be inquiring about whether Landow might have hinted to Willey that it would be better if her encounter with the president were kept secret, and whether he used his considerable political influence to help her in some way and thus persuade her to keep silent.

Yesterday, Landow, who said he had been subpoenaed by Jones' lawyers, denied any impropriety. "There is absolutely no truth that I ever attempted to persuade Ms. Willey to testify or not to testify in any legal proceeding," Landow said.

Asked whether his denial covered any other attempts to persuade Willey in any setting, he said, "absolutely, unequivocally." Landow said he met Willey through his daughter and had only an "acquaintanceship" with her. He said he never offered to help Willey and was never asked to.

Jones has contended that Clinton made a sexual proposition to her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991, when he was governor of Arkansas and she was a state employee. Her lawyers have been seeking other women who say they had sexual encounters with Clinton.

Clinton has denied through his lawyer, Robert S. Bennett, that he had a sexual encounter with Willey, who was a White House volunteer in 1993 and now lives in Richmond, Va., or that he made a crude proposal to Jones in 1991.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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