June 18, 1996 in Nation/World

First Lady Denies Allegations Whitewater Panel Attacked For Its ‘Hit-And-Run Smear’

Los Angeles Times

In a sworn affidavit sought by the Senate Whitewater Committee, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday denied knowing how her missing law firm billing records turned up in the White House living quarters, while her attorney, David E. Kendall, accused the Republican-controlled panel of carrying out a “last-minute hit-and-run smear.”

Clinton’s affidavit was filed in response to an 11th-hour request from the committee’s chairman, Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., as the panel prepared to wrap up its 13-month inquiry. It represented her first sworn testimony to the panel.

“I do not know how the billing records came to be identified” by a White House aide or wound up in a book room on the third floor of the executive mansion, Clinton said in her statement.

Accompanying her affidavit was a sharply worded letter from Kendall, heaping sarcasm on the panel.

Kendall said that it was “plain to the public that the majority (Republican) report is simply the politically preordained verdict of a partisan kangaroo court.”

“It simply makes no difference what information we furnish you,” Kendall told D’Amato.

Key parts of the Republicans’ draft report, leaked over the weekend, accuse White House aides of misusing and abusing their power by seeking to thwart federal investigations into Whitewater-related events and using confidential law enforcement data to try to shield the Clintons from legal trouble.

The report also pictures Hillary Clinton as the only suspect in the appearance last January of long-sought billing records for her past work as a Little Rock, Ark., lawyer for Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan Association.

In addition, Republicans accuse her of having directed aides to limit the search of White House lawyer Vincent W. Foster Jr.’s office after his suicide in July 1993, in an effort to prevent incriminating documents from being found.

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