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JONES’ LAWYERS SAY CLINTON HAS TIME TO TESTIFY

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If President Clinton can find time to testify in the trial of his former Whitewater partners, he can also answer questions about claims he sexually harassed Paula Jones, her lawyers say.

Jones' lawyers contend in papers filed Thursday in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Clinton is not immune from civil lawsuits for unofficial acts. In a 2-1 ruling last month, an 8th Circuit panel sided with Jones, opening the way for her lawsuit to proceed in Little Rock, Ark.Clinton's lawyers have asked the full 8th Circuit to reject the panel's ruling. As part of their effort to keep the case on hold, Clinton's lawyers argue that allowing Jones' case to proceed while the president remains in office would be too much of a burden on his schedule.

But Jones' lawyers said presidents had testified in a variety of cases outside the scope of their official duties. They also noted that Clinton was subpoenaed this week to testify in the case of James and Susan McDougal, his former partners in the failed Whitewater land development in northern Arkansas. However, whether Clinton will testify by videotape, satellite transmission or in person has not been established.