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Clinton's charges may be reduced
AROUND THE NATION
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) yesterday said he may
"narrow" the impeachment inquiry of President
Clinton and is considering consolidating or even
dropping some of the 15 potential charges announced
last week by the committee's chief investigator.
Hyde has vowed to complete the inquiry by the
end of the year, and he said in an interview that his
committee may not be able to meet that deadline
unless its scope is limited to the strongest allegations
against the president arising from the Monica
David Schippers, the Judiciary chief investigative
counsel, recommended last Monday that the com-
mittee investigate 15 specific counts of alleged lying
under oath, obstructing justice and conspiracy to
obstruct justice. But Hyde, according to informed
sources, may consider streamlining those into as few
as two counts: one charging that Clinton repeatedly
lied under oath, the other alleging that he tried to
obstruct justice. The sources said the broader charge
of conspiracy may be impossible to nail down by the
Dec. 31 deadline and suggested that the inquiry's pri-
mary focus will be the alleged pattern of presidential
"I frankly don't see how we can deal with all 15
charges adequately," Hyde said. "We need to think
about narrowing the charges down to the ones that
are most provable."
Last night, Hyde called back to clarify his
remarks, emphasizing that he has made no decisions
to drop any charges against Clinton. He repeated that
the committee is trying to conduct its investigation
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under intense time pressure but warned that his self-
imposed deadline could change if the White House
or other Democrats fail to cooperate, or if indepen-
dent counsel Kenneth Starr refers any more allega-
tions of possible impeachable offenses to the House.
Hyde also said he does not expect to expand the
inquiry to include the Whitewater land deal, the
mishandling of FBI files, campaign finance abus-
es or any other allegations unrelated to the
Lewinsky affair. However, sources said that if
Starr sends a report alleging that Clinton made
unwanted sexual advances toward Democratic vol-
unteer Kathleen Willey and then lied to try to
cover them up, the committee is likely to use the
allegations to try to establish a pattern of Clinton's
"There is a limited amount of time, and we can't
Los Angeles Times
UNITED NATIONS - The
Security Council remained paralyzed
yesterday in its effort to force Iraq to
resume cooperating with U.N. weapons
inspectors as it became clear that the
latest confrontation with Baghdad has
evolved into a waiting game.
The Iraqis appear to be betting that
regardless of their noncompliance with
disarmament inspections, the interna-
tional community is exhausted by the
issue and will permit the economic
at8ed sanctions imposed on the country to
0 gradually break down.
Meanwhile, the United States and
Britain, which found themselves virtu-
ally isolated last winter in calling for
military strikes against Iraq, apparently
hope that continued Iraqi intransigence
eventually will prompt some countries
sympathetic to Baghdad - notably
France and the Arab states - to lose
their patience with the government of
President Saddam Hussein and endorse
a tougher policy toward him.
So far, diplomats here acknowledge,
there is no evidence of such a shift in
Paris or in Arab capitals. French
Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine
recently suggested that Hussein's mili-
tary machine has been effectively
defanged, and he referred to Iraq as "a
so ~ broken country in that respect."
Arab envoys, meanwhile, profess
less concern about the threat posed
by Iraq than about reports that Israel
is among the countries that has pro-
vided intelligence information to
U.N. weapons inspectors. They have
taken up Iraqi suggestions that the
inspectors may be unduly influenced
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The other distinction from most
regental meetings is that the board will
head to the University's Flint campus
- a yearly fall tradition for the board.
The regents will meet on the Flint
campus at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, where
they will hear a presentation on the cur-
rent state of one of the University's two
branch campuses called "U-M-Flint -
Its Unique Contributions."
McFee said that visiting both the
Flint and Dearborn campuses is always
important. "The interesting thing about
this is that we have an interim chancel-
lor at Flint, and it will be the first time
we meet with her on the Flint campus:'
The regents approved the appoint-
k 3 ment of Beverly Schmoll as interim
chancellor of the University's Flint
campus during the summer.
Former Flint Chancellor Charlie
Nelms announced his resignation in
January, and Schmoll stepped up from
her position as dean of the graduate
programs and research and as a physi-
cal therapy professor.
The board will continue its meeting
Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Regents'
Room of the Fleming Administration
Building, as it does each month.
At the Friday meeting, the board will
review the University's 1998 financial
statements and a progress report on the
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Army analyst charged
with selling secrets
WASHINGTON - A retired Army
intelligence analyst was charged yester-
day with selling the Soviet KGB top-
secret documents from 1988 to 1991,
including sites targeted for nuclear
attack if the former Soviet Union hit
the United States with a first strike.
David Boone allegedly volunteered
his spying services to Moscow. While
assigned to the U.S. National Security
Agency, he walked into the Soviet
Embassy in Washington, where he sold
his first classified document for only
At the time, Boone was under
"severe financial and personal difficul-
ties" according to an FBI counterintel-
ligence agent's affidavit. His estranged
wife was garnishing his Army
sergeant's pay and furnishing him with
only 5250 a month, the affidavit said.
Boone, who was charged with con-
ducting most of his espionage after
being transferred as a code analyst to
an Army facility in Augsburg,
GOP leaders say budget talks near end
WASHINGTON -The White House and congressional leaders are near a-bud-
get deal, Republicans said yesterday as lawmakers voted to keep the government
open through tomorrow while the agreement is completed.
During a break in a long day of negotiating between White House chief of staff
Erskine Bowles and GOP leaders, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said a deal
could be completed soon and a package sent to the Senate floor as early as tonic
House Speaker Newt Gingrich was predicting an agreement by tomorrow morning
and House action later that day.
"The mood is such that everybody would like to reach agreement," Lott (R-
Miss.) told reporters.
While agreeing that progress was being made, White House officials were less
optimistic about an immediate breakthrough, saying that differences remained over
education and other issues.
"It is premature to predict any immediate resolution," said Linda Ricci,
spokesperson for the White House budget office.
While the bargaining proceeded, the House and Senate both agreed by voice
vote to keep agencies operating through tomorrow night. A prior stopgap measure
was expiring yesterday night, and both sides hoped the latest short-term bill
third - would be the last.
Germany, was paid just slightly over
$60,000 for the documents he provided
to the Soviets.
But John Martin, former chief ofthe
Justice Department's internal security
section, said the small amount should
not be read as an indicator of thet
value of what Boone turned ove.
Menill Lynch faces
first round of cuts
NEW YORK - Merrill Lynch &
Co. is eliminating 3,400 jobs in-the
first major cutbacks on Wall Street to
result from the financial turmoil
spreading around the world, and more
layoffs elsewhere in the industry are
sure to follow.
With the downturn in the stock tn
ket, Merrill Lynch and other financial
services companies that had been see-
ing years of solid growth reported a
drop in earnings yesterday.
"This is only the beginning for
Merrill Lynch and others in the indus-
try," said Michael Flanagan, an analyst at
Financial Service Analytics in Port
AROUND THE WORLD
clash with police
BOGOTA, Colombia - Police
wielding nightsticks clashed with pro-
testers yesterday in an increasingly vio-
lent weeklong strike by public employ-
ees opposed to free-market reforms the
government says are essential to rescu-
ing Colombia's economy.
Strikers threw stones and police
replied with a water cannon and night-
sticks, trying to clear protesters from
areas around public buildings. Tensions
are expected to escalate today, when
protesters plan to occupy the city's
The government insists that the mea-
sures the unions are protesting -
including tax and budget changes and
the divestiture of state-owned compa-
nies - are needed to strengthen
Colombia's economy to confront the
spreading global crisis.
Many analysts believe that Colombia
would be especially vulnerable to an
attack on its currency as the economic
malaise that has swept Asia and Russia
infects Latin America. The peso was
already devalued 23 percent last month.
The prices of Colombia's major
export commodities - oil, coffee and
coal - have tumbled, and lending from
abroad to cover the national bud et
deficit has left the economy" .
Nevertheless, the 850,000 meribeit of
public employee unions oppose the
Witch hunts on the
rise in South Mrica
TSHILAMBA, South Africa -Since
1990, more than 2,000 cases of wi-
craft-related violence, including'
killings, have been reported in this
remote, northern corner of South Africa.
This is not the only area that has seen
such violence. This month, in the heart-
land province of Guateng, four men were
arrested after the house of Nokonleko
Shingane, another alleged witch, was set
afire. Phumele Ntombele-Nzimande of
the Commission on Gender Equality said
the violence associated with Witch hunts
has become "a national scourge.
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