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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 25

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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22A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 msl No outside prosecutor will help Gore more than Clinton RENO From 1A "I frankly don't think this matter ends," said White House press secretary Michael McCurry. "It will continue to be a subject of planted and it won't go away." The impact on Clinton, on the other hand, seems less direct. To date, the campaign controversy has only dented his strong standing in the polls. With no more elections in his future, the primary political concern was the effect a special prosecutor would have on his ability to govern and his historical legacy. According to a number of pollsters and scholars of the presidency, Clinton came away from the Reno decision as strong or as weak as he went into it. "I'm not sure it will make a difference," said Jeffrey Tulis, a University of Texas political scientist. "He seems to me remarkably unfazed by all of this. But if you think he's not accomplishing much now, he won't be able to do more because of this" decision. Linda DiVall, a GOP pollster, saw negative fallout for Clinton, Gore and the Democrats in general. "The credibility of the attorney general is now in question," she said, "and that is as damaging td Clinton as John Mitchell's downfall was to Richard Nixon." Mitchell . was the attorney general implicat-? ed in Watergate and imprisoned. ' "This has the potential to be a significant campaign issue next; year," by "intensifying the anger! of core Republicans against the? whole Clinton administration," Di-f Vail said, and raising the issue of political ethics "among women;'-moderates, suburbanites and other swing voters." )m: national committeeman from New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary in 2000. "He doesn't have to fight a two-front war with lawyers on one side and politicians on the other." Bill Mclnturff, a Republican pollster whose clients have included former Arizona governor Fife Symington, who resigned after being convicted of filing fraudulent financial documents, said, "It is not a happy thing to go through an election, as he did, when you're under federal investigation." But Mclnturff reinforced Rath's view that "the tarnishing of Gore's image has already happened; the visit to the Buddhist temple will remain in people's minds. The question has been stood to suffer acute political damage regardless of the ultimate legal outcome. Previous independent counsel probes have dragged on for years, and this one surely would have lasted well until the presidential election season. Far beyond the immediate issue of the 40 telephone fund-raising solicitations Gore acknowledged making from his White House office, an outside probe would keep alive at least in the political arena the larger questions surrounding the tactics employed by the Clinton-Gore campaip to collect large sums of campaign cash. "Absolutely, he is better off," said Tom Rath, the Republican subcommittees. Moreover, even Reno's decision did not come without a political catch. While she found no reason to trigger the independent counsel statute, FBI Director Louis Freeh made known his disagreement with that judgment,-handing Republicans and other critics a tailor-made argument to dismiss her move as partisan. Within minutes of her announcement, Common Cause President Ann McBride upbraided Reno for "turning a deaf ear" to the head of the nation's premier law enforcement agency. Still, had Reno gone the other way, matters would have been much worse for the White House and Gore, more so than his boss, discussion. It will continue to be ... a matter of inquiry for the Justice Department. It will continue to be a source of partisan political attacks on the president LIZ Reno and continue to be an item WEDNESDAY IS YOUR PREVIEW DAY ALL STORES OPEN EARLY BOTH DAYS 8AM fBMYMl.te vhich some news organizations ;hoose to investigate." j "Any decision not to ask for an independent counsel does not mean that a person has been exonerated or that the work of the campaign finance task force has ended," Reno said at an afternoon news conference where she vowed, "we will continue to vigorously investigate all allegations of illegal activity." The dour assessment on a day that provided otherwise welcome news grew in part out of the realization that even without a special prosecutor, by its own count the White House is under investigation on a variety of fronts by no fewer than 20 Republican-led congressional .committees or Ex-governor knd son had money seized INDICTMENTS From 1A Louisiana. And both Edwardses have performed either legal or consulting work for a variety of asino companies in Louisiana since the former governor left office. ic DeBartolo withdrew from the Neutral Zone quilted anorak In moderate sportswear. Fleece lined. Reg. $60 Sato $30 Jog sets for her Nylon, silk, fleece and more. Club Room dress shirts Broadcloth solids in pure cotton. Alfani overcoats Single-breasted in traditional colors. if) 'IS casino project after the Louisiana State Gaming Control Board demanded that he turn over all documents that he had previously provided to the grand jury. Prosecu Mi DeBartolo Timberland Brenda hiker In black or brown leather. Women's sizes 6-10M. Members Only" leather bomber Classic style in black. S-XL r ' q ' r uWmH i Kim iKyjgi'MiTt Diamond bracelet OshKosh B'Gosh ploywear For infants, todders, boys & grfe. Reg $14-$48 Sale tM&M 3 ct. t.w. L , Z , i ' " f tors have said that possible charges against the Edwardses include money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and extortion. They have not indicated what charges DeBartolo might face. , The flamboyant Edwards, who served four terms as governor between 1972 and 1996, was indicted twice in the 1980s on federal racketeering and bribery charges. A first trial ended with a hung jury. A second resulted in an acquittal. 'i Elements of the investigation have been public since April, when federal agents raided the Edwardses' houses, offices and safe deposit boxes, seizing nearly $500,000 in cash. Edwards has said that he won most of the money at casinos, but federal prosecutors have said that the cash was generated by illegal activities. a A federal District Court judge has given federal prosecutors until Dec. 12 to win indictments. Edwards did not return a call to his office on Tuesday. But lawyers for Edwards and his son portrayed the investigation as a final and futile effort by embittered prosecutors. "I think it has stuck in the government's craw for decades that he was acquitted back in the mid-'80s when he was governor," said Michael Fawer, who represents the former governor. I DeBartolo announced his resignation in a statement in which he said his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, would become chairwoman of the team. York is chairwoman and chief executive officer of the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., which owns the team. X Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. businesses include commercial property, shopping malls, thoroughbred racetracks and the 49ers, a dominant team in the 1980s and '90s that has won five Super Bowl championships. DeBartolo Realty merged with Simon Property Group last year and formed the nation's largest developer and manager of regional malls and shopping centers. The Indianapolis-based company owns jjoynton Beach Mall, Palm Beach Mall in West Palm Beach, Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach and Indian River Mall in Vero Beach. In a statement on Tuesday, DeBartolo said: "I look forward to the time when I can address these Issues and tell my side of the story.' K ... I I ' y 4 r it r i i - I IB Regal' breadmaker Skyway 3-piece luggage set Any size down comforter Tools of the Trade 8-piece set Charter Club Adirondack with white goose down fill. Illumina nonstick set with bonus griddle, a 21.99 value.' 19", 22" and 25" uprights. 2-lb. capacity. 6725. Who? A TheGrinch atMacy's! 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