President Clinton sought normalcy Sunday as a key supporter scrambled to keep damage to a minimum from the president's historic testimony in the Paula Jones sex-harassment case.
Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton attended services at Foundry United Methodist Church. They left the church holding hands about noon, returned to the White House and stayed for the rest of the day - despite crisp, clear weather that usually would have tempted Clinton out for a round of golf.As he left the church, Clinton had no comment about the Jones case. He ignored reporters trying to shout questions above the peal of church bells.
Jones, accompanied to Washington by her husband, Stephen, left town Sunday afternoon, slipping quietly out of the Hyatt Regency Hotel by a rear exit.
The president's attorney, Robert Bennett, did not respond to messages seeking comment on Clinton's deposition, taken Saturday in Bennett's office with Jones present. Appearing on several television programs, Jones' attorneys refused to comment directly on the testimony, citing a gag order from U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright.
Newsweek magazine reported in editions on newsstands Monday that former White House aide Kathleen Willey said in a secret deposition that Clinton kissed and fondled her in November 1993 when she met with him in the Oval Office to discuss getting a full-time job. Bennett has denied Willey's account, Newsweek said.
Messages left for Willey's attorney, Dan Gecker, were not immediately returned Sunday.