July 18, 1995 in Nation/World

Hearings Focus On Foster’s Office

Associated Press

In a second round of hearings into Whitewater, Senate Republicans will try to cast doubt on presidential aides’ assertions that they didn’t tamper with documents in the office of White House lawyer Vincent Foster.

The hearings opening Tuesday are part of a one-two Republican punch aimed at the Clinton White House. House hearings begin Wednesday into the government’s deadly 1993 siege at Waco, Texas.

The Senate Whitewater committee will focus on the late-night search of Foster’s White House office after his suicide in a Virginia park on July 20, 1993.

According to a written summary of key witness testimony, obtained by The Associated Press, the early emphasis of the Republican-led hearings appears directed at:

Why the White House didn’t act on requests from the U.S. Park Police to immediately seal Foster’s office, waiting 16 hours before posting a guard. In the interim, three presidential aides searched the office.

Testimony from at least two Secret Service guards suggesting that top presidential aides carried files from areas near Foster’s office in the 24 hours following his death.

The concern of Justice Department officials who were kept at arms length when then-White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum reviewed documents in Foster’s office two days after his death.

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