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0 Sen. D'Amato to scrutinize
her involvement with
failed Arkansas savings and
'ASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham
(nton's role as a Rose Law Firm partner will
come into sharper focus today as the Senate
Whitewater Committee convenes hearings in
the "Arkansas phase" of its investigation.
The ins-and-outs of her involvement with
Madison Guaranty Savings, the failed Arkansas
thrift, are a critical aspect of the Whitewater
investigation. The savings bank was owned and
operated by the Clintons' Whitewater partner,
- hearings to focus on Hillary Clinton's actions
James McDougal, and the relationship is central
to Republican allegations that McDougal steered
illegal cash to the Clintons through Rose.
This round of hearings also will attempt to
explore Hillary Clinton's efforts to lobby state
regulators, including state Securities Commis-
sioner Beverly Bassett Schaffer - on behalf of
Madison. Going back to the 1992 presidential
campaign, Hillary Clinton has steadfastly as-
serted that she steered clear of representing
clients appointed by her husband, who was then
In a news conference yesterday, the panel's
chairman, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.),criti-
cized Hillary Clinton and said the White House
is engaging in a strategy of "delay, deception
and withhold" in failing to release documents
sought by the committee.
President Clinton's lawyer, Bob Bennett, told
CNN Tuesday night that the White House has
been fully cooperative and forthcoming with
investigators and dismissed D'Amato's investi-
gation as election-year "partisan politics."
As a result, Republicans may have to go to
court for the information, D'Amato said, assert-
ing that it is "very unlikely" the panel will
complete its probe by its Feb. 29 deadline,
pushing the investigation further into the presi-
dential election year.
"We are determined to go ahead,"D'Amato said.
It's anticipated that today's scheduled lead-
off witness, Richard Massey, will deny Hillary
Clinton's repeated assertion that he was the
"very young bright associate" who brought
Madison as a client to Rose in 1985. Massey is
now a Rose partner.
Although he knew officers at Madison and
was supervised by Hillary Clinton, Massey told
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. regulators in
October 1994 that he did not know how or why
the troubled thrift hired Rose shortly after he
joined the firm.
His friend and Madison officer, John Latham,
told Resolution Trust Corp. investigators last
July that McDougal - Madison's owner and the
Clintons' partner in the doomed Whitewater land
deal - suggested he hire Rose because he had
"friends over there," particularly the Clintons.
In recently released notes of a political dam-
age control discussion about Madison and Rose
during the 1992 presidential campaign, Clinton
political adviser Susan Thomases wrote that
then-Rose partner Webster Hubbell said that
Massey "will say he had a lot to do with getting
the client in."
In May 1995, Hillary Clinton told the RTC: "I
don't believe I knew anything about any of these
real estate projects" financed by Madison.
But records released by the White House to
D'Amato last week offer evidence that Hillary
Clinton was deeply involved in Madison's busi-
During his news conference yesterday,
D'Amato said the panel is particularly inter-
ested in Hillary Clinton's statement to FDIC
officials that she did no significant legal work
on Castle Grande, a trailer park deal described
by regulators as a "sham."
- Russian troops allowed a con
'Chechen rebels and 160 hostag
head for Chechnya yesterday, the
rounded them as terrified hos
begged the Russians not to shoo
guerrillas issued an ultimatum: gu
teed safe passage or dead hostag
arlier in the day, the rebel
k eased up to 3,000 hostages seiz
-a surprise attack Tuesday on the si
.ern city of Kizlyar. The rebels had
up in a hospital with the hostage
demanded Russian troops with
Russian officials allowed abou
rebels to leave Kizlyar under 1
military escort, but helicopters fir
the convoy of 11 buses and two t
*t approached the border, and
sian troops later surrounded it.
The hostage crisis was the later
barrassment for the Kremlin, whi
been unable to suppress the Che
insurgency in 13 months of fight
At least 33 people were killed
raid on Kizlyar, which is in the Ru
republic of Dagestan, bord
Chechnya. Dozens were report
lgjhen the convoy pulled
omayskaya, a village six mile
the Chechen border, rebels w
green Islamic headbands emerged
the 11 buses and two trucks. Ho
grenade launchers onto their shou
they took up positions along th
umn of vehicles.
The 160 hostages, including
than 100 ' women and children
mained inside. Children peeke
the buses' shattered win
ile their mothers and other w
First lad begins
tour wi new
book on children
Hostages from Klzlyar, held by Chechen rebels, wave from their bus at Russian soldiers not to shoot yesterday afternoon.
Chechen rebels freed up to 3,000 rebels In Klzlyar, which they had seized Tuesday.
vigorously waved pieces of white
bedsheets, shouting at the Russian sol-
diers not to shoot.
Two helicopters buzzed the column
and several armored vehicles stood
Once they reached Pervomayskaya,
the rebels released eight Dagestani of-
ficials who had accompanied them to
guarantee safe passage, news reports
Transport helicopters swooped down
just south of Pervomayskaya to drop
off Russian troops. As the sun set, the
soldiers began digging in while icy
winds whipped snow off the flat, deso-
By nightfall, the situation was not
resolved. Russian officials were nego-
tiating with the Chechens to seek a way
to avoid more bloodshed.
Russian officials claimed the
Chechen convoy was held up by
Dagestani civilians blocking the road
with 20 cars to demand the release of
the hostages. Villagers, however, said a
bridge along the road to Chechnya was
blown up earlier in the day by a Russian
In Moscow, the Russian government
indicated it would deal with the rebels
President Boris Yeltsin said they
would have to answer for their actions
and accusedthem ofbreaking their word
by not releasing all the hostages near
the Chechen border.
Prime Minister ViktorChernomyrdin
said the rebels would be punished but
nothing would be done that would en-
danger the hostages.
"We aren't going to start frontal at-
tacks or act according to an eye-for-an-
eye principle, since we feel convinced
that death only brings death," he said.
"But the bandits and terrorists will be
Chernomyrdin said Russia would
never meet the separatists' demand for
independence. "Chechnya is Russia,"
the prime minister said.
Rebel leader Dzhokhar Dudayev, in
hiding in Chechnya, warned that "events
on a larger scale" than Kizlyar were
possible, the ITAR-Tass news agency
The raid appeared aimed at showing
the Russians that the Chechens are far
from defeated and can still strike at
will, even within Russia itself.
The leader of the raid, Dudayev's
son-in-law Salman Raduyev, said from
his seat on one of the buses that he went
ahead with Tuesday's attack even
though he suspected Russian authori-
ties knew about it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It was
Mother's Day. Aproud Hillary Rodham
Clinton sat in church, awaiting 4-year-
old Chelsea's answer to the minister's
question: What would she give her
mommy if she could give anything in
"Life insurance," Chelsea chimed.
No, little Chelsea had no plans to
knock off her mom. She simply thought
people with life insurance were guaran-
teed to live forever.
"It was the best Mother's Day gift I
could have received. This tiny child
wanted me to live forever," Mrs. Clinton
says. "Isn't that what being alive is all
about - being loved like that?"
Mrs. Clinton relates the story in her
new book on raising children, "It Takes
A Village," due in bookstores this week.
The book is a compilation of axioms
("Children do not arrive with instruc-
tions"), family anecdotes and the expe-
riences Mrs. Clinton gainedduring more
than 25 years of advocacy work on
behalf of women, children and fami-
Publication comes as Mrs. Clinton is
under fresh attack from Republicans
concerning Whitewater and White
House travel office firings. Questions
are certain to follow the first lady on the
road as she promotes her book, starting
Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.
"This is something that she is very
proud of and is very excited about,"
said spokeswoman Lisa Caputo. As for
questions from Mrs. Clinton's critics,
Caputo said, "Only time will tell."
"It Takes A Village, And Other Les-
sons Children Teach Us," published by
Simon & Schuster, draws its title from
the African proverb, "It takes a village
to raise a child."
Mrs. Clinton writes that she chose
the title as a reminder that "children
will thrive only if their families thrive
and ifthe whole ofsociety cares enough
to provide for them."
She underscores one of herhusband's
main political points: Government has
an obligation to care for the young, the
poor and the vulnerable.
"Government has to do its part to
reverse the crisis affecting our chil-
dren," Mrs. Clinton writes. "Children,
after all, are citizens too."
But most engaging are the first lady's
recollections of raising Chelsea, the
Clintons' only child, against a back-
drop of state and national politics.
The first lady says she weathered a
spate of difficulties and deaths in 1993 by
has to do its part
- Hillary Rodham Clinton
recalling one of Chel sea's nursery rhymes:
"As I was standing in the street /As quiet
as could be / A great big ugly man came
up / And tied his horse to me."
The rhyme, she says, "summed up
the absolute unpredictably and frequent
unfairness of life."
When Clinton was governor of At-
kansas, they used role-playing to help
Chelsea deal with political attacks
against her father. The child would al-
ternately pretend to campaign as her
father, then an opponent.
They also were determined to give
Chelsea normal experiences, even if they
wound up looking silly in the process.
Mrs. Clinton would frequently lie
beside Chelsea in a front hallway at the
governor's mansion, "watching the
dancing rainbows" of sunlight bounc-
ing off the crystal chandelier.
One night, Chelsea wanted to taste a
coconut, which she'd read about in her
Curious George story books. They
bought a coconut, but had a hard time
opening it, Mrs. Clinton writes.
"Finally we went out to the parking
lot of the governor's mansion, where
we took turns throwing it on the ground
until it cracked. The guards could not
figure out what we were up to, and we
laughed for hours afterward."
Clinton, she says, was an eager father
from the start. Once he excitedly called
her to watch baby Chelsea turn over.
"He ... told me in all seriousness that
he was sure she understood gravity. A
few minutes later, she rolled off the bed
and fell onto the carpet. So much for her
grasp of physics!"
e Sarajevo after new violence erupts
Los Angeles Times
-Struggling to prevent amass, violent
exodus of Bosnian Serbs from the
nearby suburbs they control, interna-
"nal mediators yesterday brought to-
gether Serb and Muslim-Croat govern-
ment officials in this capital for the first
time since war began nearly four years
The unprecedented meeting came a
day after an anti-tank rocket, fired from
one of the Serb-held suburbs, slammed
into a crowded streetcar in the center of
Sarajevo, killing one person, injuring
xrly 20 others and eroding the confi-
ce of some Bosnians in their NATO
And even as the officials met for
three hours, hundreds of Serbs could be
seen loading trucks with furniture, ap-
pliances and, in one case, a kitchen sink
as they prepared to flee districts around
Sarajevo that will revert to government
control under the U.S.-brokered Bosnia
The recent attack and threats of more
*lence have apparently discouraged
the White House from including
Sarajevo on President Clinton's itiner-
ary when he visits Bosnia this weekend,
government officials here said.
In Vogosca, a Serb suburb a few
miles northeast of Sarajevo, moving
trucks lined the main residential road
yesterday, and entire families were
"After three years of war, we cannot
live together," said Mile, a Bosnian
Serb policeman. "The only thing I can
trust is a divided city."
Mile, who did not want his last name
published, was joined by relatives who
hauled a sofa, carpets and appliances
onto the cracked sidewalk. A 5-year-
old contributed his sled.
Serbs fear reprisals from a Muslim-
led government and its followers who
withstood the Bosnian Serb siege of
Sarajevo. They are threatening to leave
en masse, burning their houses behind
Because such violence would wreck
the peace process, the senior civilian
administrator of the Dayton, Ohio,
agreement, Swedish diplomat Carl
Bildt, convened leaders of the Sarajevo
Serbs and Sarajevo Muslim and Croat
officials for a first-ever meeting of the
two sides inside the capital. Earlier
meetings on technical and military mat-
ters have been held at the airport out-
side Sarajevo, a"neutral" facility under
U.N. control that formed the borderline
between government and Serb terri-
It was the first time a Bosnian Serb
official has publicly visited Sarajevo
since the war started.
"I am pleased after four years to be
back in the city, and I am not afraid,"
said Maksim Stanisic, president of the
executive board of"Serbian Sarajevo,"
as he emerged a little wide-eyed from
Bildt said he was trying to treat
Sarajevo as one city so that the different
sides become accustomed to the idea of
a united capital.
He cautioned against expecting very
much to come from the initial contacts,
but he welcomed the government's new
decision to proclaim amnesty for most
Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Adm.
Leighton Smith, commander of
NATO's peace force in Bosnia, trav-
eled to Belgrade to enlist the support of
President Slobodan Milosevicofneigh-
boring Serbia in stopping additional
attacks like Tuesday's rocket-blasting
of the Sarajevo streetcar.
"The president agrees with me 100
percent that this was a heinous act, an
act of a terrorist, an act of an individual
who himself or herself was trying to do
damage to the (Bosnian) peace agree-
ment," Smith told reporters.
As Smith spoke, his representatives in
Sarajevo sought to downplay the attack as
an isolated act of common crime.
The act was caused by a 64 mm light
anti-tank rocket fired from a high-rise
apartmentbuildingin Grbavica,a Serb-
held district of the city.
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