Starr documents expected to be released tomorrow Federal printing office did not hit target of today

October 01, 1998|By David L. Greene | David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF

WASHINGTON -- The roughly 4,000 pages of additional documents related to Kenneth W. Starr's investigation of President Clinton won't be made public until tomorrow at the earliest, congressional officials said.

Documents representing what is believed to be the final batch of evidence from the independent counsel had been expected to be released today. But the Government Printing Office, which is handling the duplicating chores, could not hit that target.

Today, it may also be busy printing fat copies of the spending bills that represent the only work Congress is required to complete before its election recess.

The Starr documents, highlighted by transcripts of taped telephone conversations between Monica Lewinsky and Linda R. Tripp, will likely be released to the public tomorrow, said Jason Poblete, spokesman for the committee that oversees the printing office. But he cautioned that the release could be postponed until Saturday or later if the printer gets bogged down.

The documents to be made public are expected to include information from more than 100 grand jury transcripts, 27 audiotapes of phone conversations between Tripp and Lewinsky, and an FBI body wire worn by Tripp in her final meeting with the former White House intern. The material was approved for release by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

Only transcripts of the audiotapes in Starr's materials -- and not the tapes themselves -- will be included, said a Republican aide to the Judiciary Committee. It could take several weeks before the tapes are edited, duplicated and ready for release, the aide said.

These Web sites plan to post the documents by late tomorrow afternoon if they are released: http: //www.house.gov/icreport; http: //thomas.loc.gov/icreport; http: //access.gpo.gov/congress/ icreport; and http: //www.house. gov/judiciary/icreport.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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