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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 14, 1999
                       Statement of Gregory Craig
             Assistant to the President and Special Counsel

                            January 14, 1999

The Senate has given us ample time to present the President's defense. It is a strong defense, and we will be making the President's case at the appointed time next week.

The purpose of my appearance before you tonight is to make a point of personal privilege on behalf of Mr. Ruff.

When he gave his opening earlier today, Mr. Sensenbrenner falsely characterized Mr. Ruff's testimony to use it against the President, and he misled the Senate. Last month, when Mr. Ruff testified before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Sensenbrenner asked him if the President told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when he was before the grand jury.

Mr. Ruff answered directly, and I quote, "He surely did."

Mr. Sensenbrenner surely knew that, and I would urge him to correct the record tomorrow.