Lewinsky recalled to grand jury; first lady stands by president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors have called Monica Lewinsky back to the grand jury to respond to President Clinton’s testimony about their “inappropriate” relationship, legal sources said Tuesday. Hillary Rodham Clinton sent word she “believes in this marriage,” her first public expression on her husband’s infidelity.
In the aftermath of Clinton’s defiant televised confession, it was clear his crisis was far from over. As the president and his family left for vacation Tuesday, a few lawmakers — including House Majority Whip Tom DeLay — called for his resignation. Even Democrats expressed disappointment with the president.
But House Speaker Newt Gingrich counseled restraint, saying, “It’s premature for anyone to make any judgment.”
Prosecutors, whom Clinton rebuked for invading his privacy, pressed on. They summoned Ms. Lewinsky to return on Thursday to respond to elements of Clinton’s testimony, said sources familiar with the request, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In more than four hours of testimony, Clinton acknowledged an inappropriate relationship with Ms. Lewinsky but refused to detail its specific sexual nature.
Former presidential adviser Dick Morris, who resigned during his own sex scandal in 1996, appeared before the same grand jury Tuesday to tell about his conversations with Clinton after the Lewinsky allegations became public in January.
With his short address still reverberating through the nation, Clinton left with his family and dog Buddy for a 12-day vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Daughter Chelsea walked between her parents, holding their hands and chatting, as they crossed the White House lawn to board a helicopter. They were greeted by a throng of supporters in Edgartown, on the island. The president celebrates his 52nd birthday Wednesday.
Lawyers for Paula Jones, whose sexual harassment lawsuit put Clinton under oath denying a relationship with Lewinsky, said the president’s reversal could help revive her court case, which was dismissed by a judge.