LAST UPDATED: JUNE 12, 1998
AN OVERVIEW OF VERNON JORDAN:
Political affiliation: Democrat and longtime friend of Bill Clinton.
Role: Suspected, along with the president, of advising Ms. Lewinsky to lie under oath about whether she ever had an affair with the president.
Background: Jordan is well-known as a Democratic power broker as well as a civil rights leader and has long been a confidante of the president. In a press conference on Jan. 22, Mr. Jordan said that Ms. Lewinsky told him “in no uncertain terms that she did not have a sexual relationship with the president.”
He went on to say that Ms. Lewinsky was referred to him by Betty Currie, a secretary to the president, and he confirmed that he had recommended Ms. Lewinsky for several jobs in New York. He has also confirmed that he put her in touch with a lawyer to advise her in the Paula Jones case.
After appearing before Kenneth Starr’s grand jury for the second day in a row on March 5, Mr. Jordan met with the press and said there was no “quid pro quo” arrangement with Ms. Lewinsky of a job for an affidavit. He emphasized that he has told no one to lie.
He also said that he “kept the president of the United States informed about [his] activities.”
In a March 5 Washington Post report revealing more details from the president’s deposition to Paula Jones’ lawyers, the president was said to have explained that his secretary, Betty Currie, initiated the effort to find Ms. Lewinsky a job. The Post also reported that the president told Paula Jones’ lawyers that Mr. Jordan kept him informed of his efforts to find Ms. Lewinsky a job.
Jordan’s help came at a convenient time for Lewinsky. She left her Pentagon job on Dec. 26, allegedly met with Clinton on Dec. 28 and then was in New York on Dec. 30 for job interviews made possible by Mr. Jordan.
Kenneth Starr would like to show that this wasn’t merely a good turn on Jordan’s part but an attempt to comfortably place Ms. Lewinsky away from D.C. and to keep her comfortable. It wouldn’t be Jordan’s first political favor. When former associate attorney general Webster Hubbell was unemployed and under investigation by Starr, Jordan helped arrange a $100,000 consulting contract for him. Starr suspects Jordan of supplying Hubbell with hush money.
Vernon Jordan reportedly earns more than $1 million a year working at a lobbying firm and as a member of several corporate boards. He went to Howard Law School and his civil rights resumé includes positions with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund and the Voter Education Project.
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