January 19, 1995 in Nation/World

Whitewater Partner: Foster Had Small Role

Compiled From Wire Services

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s former investment adviser, not White House lawyer Vincent Foster, oversaw the first family’s sale of the troubled Whitewater venture, a former partner says.

James McDougal’s assertion challenges congressional Republicans, who have tried to portray Foster’s role in Whitewater as significant before his 1993 suicide.

In particular, those Republicans have questioned former Whitewater prosecutor Robert Fiske’s conclusion that Whitewater did not appear to have been a factor in Foster’s decision to kill himself.

Fiske’s successor, Kenneth Starr, recently reopened the investigation into Foster’s suicide.

Whitewater papers were found in Foster’s office after his death. But McDougal said in a recent interview that James Blair, a lawyer for Tyson Foods, was the architect of the deal and that Foster’s role was minimal.

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