Bruce Lindsey, a White House lawyer and one of President Clinton’s closest advisers, has been told by Whitewater prosecutors he is a target of their investigation, three sources said Thursday night.
Lindsey received the formal notification “late this winter,” said the sources, all of whom are familiar with the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Without confirming the reports, presidential spokesman Mike McCurry issued a statement strongly supporting Lindsey.
“The president has known the status of the inquiry for some time. He is convinced Bruce did nothing wrong,” McCurry said.
The development became public two days after Arkansas banker Neil Ainley pleaded guilty and promised to cooperate with Whitewater prosecutors who are investigating whether Lindsey tried to conceal bank withdrawals by the 1990 Clinton gubernatorial campaign.
Ainley is prepared to accuse Lindsey of telling him to hide the withdrawals, according to published reports.
News of the target notification raised fears in the White House, as the investigation moved closer to Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Lindsey, a quiet, unassuming Arkansas native, was Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign treasurer and is a top aide at the White House.
Prosecutors are under pressure to move against Lindsey because the statute of limitations on the alleged infractions expires at the end of this month.