Which One Is the Real Lie?

Today’s Washington Post reports that Bill Clinton’s just-released autobiography contradicts his sworn testimony about his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In the book, Clinton’s account of the tryst confirms Lewinsky’s telling of events, specifically that the relationship started while she was an intern for his administration and rather than after the internship as Clinton had originally claimed. The Post column states, in part: “Starr’s prosecutors, in their report to Congress, accused Clinton of lying about the date of their relationship in order to avoid admitting that he had sexual relations with an intern, as Lewinsky still was in the fall of 1995 before being hired for a paying job in the winter. “Without explanation, in his memoir Clinton departs from his grand jury testimony and corroborates her version: ‘During the government shutdown in late 1995, when very few people were allowed to come to work in the White House, and those who were there were working late, I’d had an inappropriate encounter with Monica Lewinsky and would do so again on other occasions between November and April, when she left the White House for the Pentagon.’ “Clinton aides yesterday said they could not explain the discrepancy, and his attorney, David Kendall, was traveling and did not return a call.”