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2- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 8, 1994

Clinton r
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton yesterday rejected compari-
: sons of the Whitewater affair to
Watergate, strongly defended his
wife's conduct, and accused Republi-
cans of being "blatantly partisan" in
attempting to gin up "hysteria" on the
Clinton's comments came as the
White House attempted to get beyond
a weekend dominated by reports about
the resignation of the White House
counsel and the subpoenaing of six
senior aides about a series of meet-
ings on the Resolution Trust Corp.'s
investigation of Madison Guaranty
Savings & Loan, a failed Arkansas
thrift with ties to the Clintons.
Yesterday, the Clintons and the
rest of the White House staff found
themselves sorting through the trash
and reviewing computer messages in
,an effort to comply with Special Coun-
sel Robert B. Fiske's subpoena for all
documents relating to those meetings.
The only good news for the White
House yesterday was Fiske's letter to
the House and Senate Banking Com-

ejects allu
mittees urging them to hold off on
hearings that would focus on Madi-
son and Whitewater, the real estate
investment that the Clintons entered
into with Madison owner James
McDougal and his former wife.
Fiske expressed "strong concern"
about the possibility of hearings and
warned that such an inquiry "would
pose a severe risk to the integrity of
our investigation."
Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Flint) reply-
ing to Fiske, agreed that the banking
committee "should defer to your inves-
tigation." But members of the House
Banking Committee said they will pro-
ceed with a March24 oversight hearing
that Republicans intend to use to focus
on the Madison criminal referrals.
The continuing impact of the
Whitewater investigation and the
Fiske subpoenas on the normal opera-
tions of the White House was evident
at Clinton's press conference yester-
day with Georgian leader Eduard
Schevardnadze. Each of the U.S. re-
porters questioning Clinton asked
about that subject, and none of the
subpoenaed aides appeared in the East

isions to Watergate IG F

Room for the event.
Clinton said that neither he nor
Hillary Rodham Clinton were briefed
on the three meetings between senior
White House officials and Treasury
Department aides concerning the
Madison investigation.
But he said that "some time in
October" he became aware of the fact
that the Resolution Trust Corp. had
referred the Madison case to the Jus-
tice Department for possible criminal
prosecution. The Clintons were not
accused of any wrongdoing by the
RTC, but were identified in the Oct. 8
referral as possible beneficiaries of
improprieties at Madison.
"I don't remember when I knew
about it or who told me about it, but it
was just sort of presented as a fact, a
decision that had been made by the
government," Clinton said. "And I
didn't think much about it at the time.
It was just something that I absorbed."
Although the president was aware
of the referral before it was reported
by the Washington Post on Oct. 31,
Hillary Clinton only learned of it by
reading the newspaper, a senior offi-
cial said yesterday.
The White House was first alerted
to the referral on Sept. 29, when Trea-
sury Department general counsel Jean
Hanson told White House counsel Ber-
nard W. Nussbaum that it was coming.
Administration officials said that
Nussbaum "swears he did not tell
either Clinton"

President asks
Cutler to be
new White
House counsel
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton is trying to persuade Lloyd
N. Cutler to serve as White House
counsel, turning to a well-known
Washington figure who held the
samejob in the Carter administra-
tion to help quiet the uproar over
White House ethics.
Administration officials said
over the weekend that they were
searching fora "Lloyd Cutler" type,
and yesterday tried to make that
wish become reality. Sources said
late yesterday that Cutler and White
House officials were trying to work
out the terms of his appointment.
If they can reach agreement, a
formal announcement could be
made as early as today. But even if
Cutler decides not to join the ad-
ministration, the effort to recruit
him underscores the severity of the
problems White House officials
have created for themselves in their
handling of the Whitewater affair.
Among the issues being dis-
cussed was Cutler's insistence that
he be regarded as counsel to the
Office of the Presidency and not
Clinton's personal attorney.

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LSA junior Steve Graines, an in-
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