The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 12
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A132 SUNDAY, MAY 11.1997 WHITEWATER THE SALINA JOURNAL Starr: Clinton's attorneys 'duty-bound' to give up notes Prosecutor also claims Susan McDougal seeks ( a license to lie' By The Associated Press HEBER SPRINGS. Ark. — Critical of impediments to his investigation, Whitewater prosecutor Keiineth Starr said Saturday that President Clinton's White House lawyers, as government employees, are "duty-bound" to turn over disputed notes. And in a harsh depiction of a key Whitewater figure, Starr said former Clinton business partner Susan McDougal wants "a license to lie" — immunity from perjury charges — in exchange for telling what she knows about the failed financial venture. Clinton, in Barbados for a meeting with Caribbean leaders, was asked by a reporter if he thought Starr's comments had become "a little personal." He responded. "Not on my part." "I think it's obvious for several years now we've been very cooperative and will continue to be," Clinton said. Starr and the Clintons are embroiled in a legal battle over notes from interviews between Hillary Rodham Clinton and government attorneys in July 1995 and January 1996 about her role in the Whitewater land deal. Clinton authorized an appeal to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court, overturning U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock, Ark., ordered the White House to surrender the notes. STARR Clinton said his White House counsel, Charles Ruff, insisted the notes should be protected under attorney-client privilege and told him, "This is a major constitutional question." Starr's view of the matter differs. In a speech prepared for delivery to newspaper editors, he said, "White House attorneys ... represent the federal government, and as such, they are duty-bound to disclose relevant information to a federal grand jury." He referred to the legal fight as "a different sort of impediment in another grand jury matter." McDougal has been jailed for contempt since September for refusing to testify before a grand jury looking into wide-ranging matters involving the president and first lady. McDougal was convicted of bank fraud in May 1996, along with ex-husband Jim McDougal our the perfect oan tor NEW AUTOS USED AUTOS as low as as low as 6*9 7.9 (Annual Percentage Kali?) (Annual Percentage Rate) GREAT PLAINS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Listed in tin; Fiest A mi Wide 605 S. Ohio, Salina 2061 S. Ohio, Salina (913) 823-9226 (913) 825-4621 and former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. She was sentenced to two years in prison. Jim McDougal received a lenient three-year prison term last month because of his cooperation with the Whitewater investigation. He faced 84 years after conviction on 18 felony counts. While Susan McDougal has already refused testimonial immunity, Starr said "she has refused to testify unless granted immunity from perjury as well. She wants as a condition for revealing what she knows ... in essence, a license to lie." Mark Geragos, the attorney who represents Susan McDougal, called Starr's comments the "height of hypocrisy from someone who parades around with his own license to lie." "The idea that she wants 'a li- cense to lie" is absolutely despicable. She stayed in jail for nine months precisely because she won't lie," Geragos said. Starr has said in court papers that new information from Jim McDougal underscored the need for Susan McDougal's testimony. She is being held in a California jail while awaiting trial on charges she embezzled from phony conductor Zubin Mehta. you didn't have to worry about health care? For information about different plan options, call us at 1.800.874.1823, or 913.2918881. BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas* *An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ^Registered mark ojthc Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association W15-97 TEE UP WITH JACK NlCKL SWING INTO OUR GOLF SHOPPE FOR A GREAT SELECTION OF STYLES ON & OFF THE GREI $ 40 JERSEY SHIRT Crafted of 100% cotton in a woodblock paisley print with contrasting tipped knit collar and cuffs. Men's M-XXL. JACQUARD SHIRT Tee off in 100% cotton knit plaid with contrasting welted collar and cuffs. Men's M-XXL. E, i t-,1^ ,** *x y--- Dillard's ARGYLE SHIRT Make a statement in 100% cotton knit with signature buttons contrast collar and cuffs and signature embroidered sleeves. Men's M-XXL. $; SHORTS Double pleated sanded poplin shorts with side tabs and elastic waist. Men's 32-40. rr! v For Your Convenience We Accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club Or Your Dillard's Charge. INTEGRITY. . .QUALITY. . .VALUE. . .DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCEI SHOP TODAY NOON - 6 P.M.

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