"This whole thing is just a good example of how this feeding frenzy in the media starts from nothing," Landow said of the accounts relating him to Willey's case.
Landow said he understood that Starr planned to ask Willey about him. However, Landow insists that he has done nothing that would interest either Jones' legal team or Starr.
Landow knows Willey through his daughter Harolyn, a fellow volunteer with Willey in the White House social office. "I might have said, 'You'd probably be better off if none of this had happened,' but that's all," he said of Willey. "I only talked to her once or twice in six months."
It was not known last night whether Willey will return today to give more testimony.
White House officials said they expected Betty Currie, Clinton's personal secretary and the person who cleared Lewinsky to enter the Oval Office on 37 occasions after Lewinsky took a job at the Pentagon, to be called today or tomorrow.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the House committee that would initiate any impeachment proceedings has been assured that it can spend $1.5 million to hire 18 staff members. Sensitive to the appearance that they are targeting Clinton, Republican leaders insisted that the request had nothing to do with impeachment considerations.
According to House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the new House Judiciary Committee staff would be used for a top-to-bottom review of the Justice Department. But Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat and outspoken critic of Starr, said: "They're preparing for what they think is an inevitability."
Republican members do not appear to be relishing such a showdown. They, like Clinton, are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Tackling a popular president at the behest of an unpopular special prosecutor is not the kind of strategy incumbents like to employ in an election year.
"I know we're all shuddering," said Rep. Jay Dickey, a conservative Republican who represents Clinton's hometowns of Hope and Hot Springs, Ark.
Pub Date: 3/11/98