Starr is under intense pressure to wrap up Monica's testimony quickly; indeed, there are growing calls for him to deliver the entire report to Congress posthaste, even from members of his own party. "It would be very harmful for the public interest... to have commentators speculating on leaks of key testimony -- to include, perhaps, results of DNA examinations -- while the Congress awaits the true facts as outlined in your report," Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) wrote Starr Wednesday. And the independent counsel must know that the House just voted to set up an independent review board for federal prosecutors like himself -- a move spurred by constant allegations that Starr is abusing his power. One representative called him "the poster boy for unethical prosecutors." All the more reason for Starr to let the intern go, at his earliest convenience.
WASHINGTON: What happened today: A 25-year-old woman walked into a federal courthouse, took elevator No. 13 to the third floor, left her lawyers at the door and proceeded to answer a series of questions about her most intimate moments -- with the President of the United States -- in front of 23 strangers. What exactly she revealed, no one outside that room knows -- but it's a sure bet the White House would love to find out in advance of Clinton's August 17 testimony. Will Lewinsky lawyer Plato Cacheris spill the beans to his tennis partner, Clinton attorney Bob Bennett? According to TIME Washington correspondent Michael Weisskopf, this is one set of secrets that won't spread along the legal grapevine. "In this case, there's not a lot of motivation for the defense to talk," says Weisskopf -- since if the President found out, it might undermine Monica.