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Papers in Jones' Case Raises Questions About Willey's Role

By Richard A. Serrano and Robert L. Jackson
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON

With Kathleen Willey still the unplayed wild card in Kenneth W. Starr's continuing criminal investigation, documents unsealed Monday from the Paula Jones lawsuit raise fresh questions about how Willey's name originally surfaced in the search by Jones' lawyers for corroborating evidence that President Clinton was a womanizer.

Jones' legal team said a woman called one of their attorneys in January 1997 and, refusing to give her name, said "I had a similar thing happen" to Jones' allegation that Clinton exposed himself in a Little Rock, Ark., hotel suite in 1991.

But Willey, in a September 1997 affidavit, denied making the phone call or describing Clinton groping her in a small room just off the Oval Office in 1993.

Starr's office of the independent counsel is investigating whether the Clinton White House used a wealthy campaign fund-raiser to persuade Willey not to provide damaging evidence against the president. His ongoing investigation could yet produce criminal indictments.

In addition, if Willey's story about an unwanted sexual episode with Clinton is true, she could provide key supporting testimony should an appellate court reinstate Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against the president.

The 725 pages of Jones case documents, released for the first time, also show that attorneys for Clinton and Jones fought ferociously over whether the president's medical records should be turned over. Jones' lawyers were seeking verification of her recollection that the president had a "crooked" penis.

Exactly how Willey's name first came to the Jones team has been a matter of heated debate for nearly two years.

Joseph Cammarata, one of Jones' former lawyers, said in a sworn affidavit that he received an unsolicited telephone call from a woman whom "I now believe is Kathleen E. Willey" and who said Clinton had groped her in the White House.

Cammarata said the woman also advised him that she had told a White House employee about the incident - an apparent reference to Linda Tripp, who later came forward with descriptions of seeing Willey disheveled.

And Cammarata said the woman on the phone told him that her husband "was found dead that night, apparently a suicide," which also tracks with the truth.